Penn Humanities Forum: Translation Trouble
Dir. Jean-Luc Godard, 2010, 102 min.
Film Socialisme is Jean-Luc Godard’s essay on the decline of European civilization. It's an experimental assemblage of film, sounds, and text taking place in various locations including Egypt, Palestine, Odessa, Hellas, Naples and Barcelona. The movie is divided into three sections: the first is set on a Mediterranean cruise ship, where Patti Smith sings to wealthy passengers who eat, converse, and gamble. The second takes place at a gas station and neighboring house where a French family debates revolutionary ideals. The third takes place in different areas across the world, showcasing a variety of characters and images in a poetic, loosely narrative style. This 2010 film was an award nominee at the Cannes Film Festival.
Introduction: Timothy Corrigan, Professor of English, Cinema Studies, and History of Art, Penn.