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Mao Mao: Stacy Martin & Louis Garrel as JLG in Hazanavicius’ “Redoubtable”

She was his post Anna Karina muse and they would collaborate on La chinoise (67), Week End (67) and Sympathy for the Devil (70). A film that will surely please fans of films about the film-making process, film history and the French institution known as JLG, Screen Daily landed the exclusive news that Michel Hazanavicius will be tackling subjects Jean-Luc Godard and Anne Wiazemsky with thesps Louis Garrel and Stacy Martin in Redoubtable. Produced by Hazanavicius, Florence Gastaud and filmmaker Riad Sattouf, the film is currently in pre-prod and is being sold on the Croisette by the Wild Bunch folks.

Gist: Based on Wiazemsky’s autobiographical account Un An Après, this takes place during the 1967 shoot of La Chinoise – about a group of students who try to live by Maoists principles – and follows Anne Wiazemsky (Stacy Martin) and Jean-Luc Godard (Louis Garrel) in the late 1960s when went through his so-called “revolutionary period”. Wiazemsky – who met Godard when she was just 17-years-old and he was on the rebound from Anna Karina – was married to the filmmaker for more than a decade.

Worth Noting: From Wiki: La Chinoise is not one of Godard’s most widely seen films, and until 2008 was unavailable on DVD in North America. However a number of critics such as Pauline Kael, Andrew Sarris and Renata Adler have hailed it as among his best.[citation needed] Given that the film was made in March 1967 — one year before violent student protest became a manifest social reality in France — La Chinoise is now regarded as an uncannily prescient and insightful examination of the New Left activism during those years.

Do We Care?: It’ll certainly be a fascinating to watch film history replayed by witness how the actors measure up to playing larger than life personas specifically if  the text sticks to the POV the muse instead of the master and , what will make or break this bio portrait is if Hazanavicius makes bold aesthetic choices to match those that were found in the French New Wave.

 

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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