Modern Languages Research Seminar Series
Liquidity: On Water and Capital in Recent Godard
As part of the School of Arts and Humanities Modern Languages Research Seminar Series, Associate Professor, Douglas Morrey, University of Warwick, presents: ' Liquidity: On Water and Capital in Recent Godard'
- From: Wednesday 26 April 2017, 1 pm
- To: Wednesday 26 April 2017, 2 pm
- Location: 206, Mary Ann Evans building, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
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As part of the School of Arts and Humanities Modern Languages Research Seminar Series, Associate Professor, Douglas Morrey, University of Warwick, presents: 'Liquidity: On Water and Capital in Recent Godard'.
Jean-Luc Godard’s most recent features, Film socialisme (2010) and Adieu au langage (2014) have been ecstatically received by critics and have already generated substantial commentary. Taking as its starting point the prominence of imagery of water in both films, and reflecting back on Godard’s Nouvelle Vague (1990), this article suggests that the intangible nature of water becomes a symbolic representation, in all of these works, of the elusive flow of capital. The article goes on to suggest that Godard’s most recent work is determinedly political, both in its attempt to historicize current concentrations of power, but also in its sympathy with, and echoing of, contemporary anti-capitalist movements. The article suggests, finally, that the distinctive form of these recent features, like an intense distillation of Godard’s long-standing aesthetic of fragmentation, can be seen as a means of resistance to the ideological positioning of mainstream audiovisual content.
Douglas Morrey is Associate Professor of French at the University of Warwick.
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