Joy of Learning (1968)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental  |   Sub-Genres - Essay Film  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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This experimental minimalist drama by Jean-Luc Godard is a totally plotless exploration of film language. The setting is a darkened soundstage with only a single light to illuminate two actors who discuss philosophy. The philosophy reflects the director's most radical thoughts about making films. When not discussing films, the two play word-association games. Though named Le Gai Savoir, this film is not based on the book of the same title by Friedrich Nietzsche but, very loosely, on Jean Jacques Rousseau's Emile.

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experiment, alien [not human], conversation, filmmaker, France, language, literature, Minimalism, New-Wave, philosophy, questioning [police interrogation], radical, image [picture]