Tout va bien

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin.
With Yves Montand, Jane Fonda, Vittorio Caprioli.
France, 1972, 35mm, color, 95 min.
French and English with English subtitles.

Fonda was at the height of her fame when she signed on to play an American reporter who, along with her washed-up film director husband (Montand), covers a strike at a French sausage factory in Gorin and Godard’s attack on leftist rhetoric, capitalism and consumer culture. Featuring a justly famous two-story cut-away set of the factory (inspired by the bisected boarding house in the 1961 Jerry Lewis film Ladies Man), Tout va bien depicts the varying degrees of worker radicalism with caustic humor. Gorin called it “an historical film. It’s a film about history and its power to transform the individual.”

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