Modern Languages Research Seminar Series

The Forest for the Trees: Political Contexts for Godard's Nature Imagery in Film socialism and Adieu au langage

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As part of the Modern Languages Research Seminar Series (2017-2018), Dr Douglas Morrey, Associate Professor of French, University of Warwick presents: ‘The Forest for the Trees: Political Contexts for Godard’s Nature Imagery in Film socialisme and Adieu au langage’

  • From: Tuesday 28 November 2017, 1 pm
  • To: Tuesday 28 November 2017, 2 pm
  • Location: 101, Mary Ann Evans, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

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As part of the Modern Languages Research Seminar Series (2017-2018), Dr Douglas Morrey, Associate Professor of French, University of Warwick presents: ‘The Forest for the Trees: Political Contexts for Godard’s Nature Imagery in Film socialisme and Adieu au langage’

Jean-Luc Godard’s most recent feature films, Film socialisme (2010) and Adieu au langage (2014), are striking for their prominent imagery of nature: recurring images include water and forests, and one of the principal ‘characters’ of Adieu au langage is a dog. In many ways, this can be seen to prolong a long-term project of aesthetic research begun in Godard’s films of the early 1980s, complete with the sometimes dubious gender politics of that period. The recent films also include an historico-political tirade against technocracy. Yet nature in these films is prevented from becoming a transcendent opposing pole to technics through the extreme fragmentation of Godard’s imagery that reaches an unprecedented level of distillation at this late stage of his career. As such, this paper suggests that the difficult, unstable form of these films marks a serious attempt to capture something of a new political reality.

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Location details

Room/Building:

101, Mary Ann Evans

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
Nottingham
NG11 8NS

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