The Image Book

Le livre d'image


Saturday, Nov. 3 at 5:45pm
Tivoli Theatre

Cinema’s oldest enfant terrible, Jean-Luc Godard — now 87 but still intensely vital — continues his six-decade run of provocations with “The Image Book.” A collage-like film essay, “The Image Book” both investigates the history of cinema and offers Godard’s characteristically barbed and cryptic commentary on the world. Premiering at Cannes, where it won the first Special Palme d’Or to be awarded in the history of the festival, “The Image Book” consists entirely of clips — often digitally altered — from documentaries, news reports, and some of the world’s greatest films, but Godard often uses those images to grapple with non-cinematic subjects both past and present, from Hiroshima and Auschwitz to the contemporary Arab world. Time’s Stephanie Zacharek writes: “Disjointed and direct, exhilarating and soporific, cerebral and squirrelly: ‘The Image Book’ is lots of contradictory things at once. And if it’s hard to understand exactly what Godard is trying to say in this brief scrapbook scamper — it clocks in at one hour, 25 minutes — just watching it is a strange, melancholy pleasure, and an open window into the world of things that worry its creator.”

84 min.

Directed by

Jean-Luc Godard



Film Category

International Spotlight Robert French and French-Language Focus


Cinema Politics


With a post-film Q&A with Colin Burnett, interim chair and associate professor of Film & Media Studies at Washington University.

Co-presented with Film & Media Studies Program at Washington University

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