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Still from Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville’s Here and Elsewhere (1973-76) courtesy Gaumont

Here and Elsewhere

Never Look Away: Serge Daney’s Film Criticism

  • Sunday, July 14, 2024
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • Films
  • In-person
  • Registration Required
  • Drop-In Registration

Introduced by Nicholas Elliott, in person.

In 1969, Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin were commissioned by the Arab League to make a film on the Palestinian struggle for independence but abandoned the project after laboring for two years over the footage gathered on multiple trips to the Middle East. Upon returning to the material in 1974 with his new collaborator Anne-Marie Miéville, Godard was shocked to learn that he was originally provided politically distorted translations of the words spoken on camera by Palestinian fighters—men who had since died in the Jordanian civil war. Spurred by this realization of the initial film’s shortcomings, Godard and Miéville added their own voices to the footage to produce a fascinating analysis of the production of political images. Here and Elsewhere remains an extraordinary example of Godard’s ability to think history through cinema—and, as Serge Daney noted, to pay tribute to the dead. (Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville, 1973-76, French with English subtitles, 52 minutes)

Screening with:

Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg’s Accompaniment of a Cinematic Scene 
Readings from Arnold Schoenberg’s analysis of anti-Semitism and Bertolt Brecht’s description of the inextricable link between fascism and capitalism lead into a montage of archival images set to the music Schoenberg wrote to evoke “threatening danger, fear, catastrophe.” (Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub, 1972, German with English subtitles, 15 minutes) 

This program is part of the Never Look Away: Serge Daney’s Film Criticism series.

The end time for this event is estimated. End times may vary with post-screening discussion, audience Q&A, or other factors. All film events finish by 5:00 p.m.