The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company

(Grandeur et décadence d'un petit commerce de cinema)
France 1986. Dir: Jean-Luc Godard. 92 min. DCP

“Diverting and substantial ... Léaud's performance is a marvel, both manic and meticulously controlled.”
GLENN KENNY, NEW YORK TIMES

“An extraordinarily personal, painful, and revealing work ... A film noir, of sorts, about the making of a film.”
RICHARD BRODY, EVERYTHING IS CINEMA: THE WORKING LIFE OF JEAN-LUC GODARD

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! NEW RESTORATION! An overlooked Godard? Ce n’est pas possible! “Appearing not long after his return to commercial filmmaking, Jean-Luc Godard’s Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company is a unique work even within his astonishingly experimental and ever-morphing career. Commissioned by the French TV series Série Noire to direct a made-for-TV film noir, Godard in fact delivered a typically dense, philosophical, and formally freewheeling meditation on the cinema, acting, and the paradoxical relationship between truth and deception in art. Jean-Pierre Léaud is Gaspard Bazin, an ambitious, volatile, and womanizing director; filmmaker Jean-Pierre Mocky is Jean Almereyda, a down-on-his-luck producer attempting to finance Bazin’s adaptation of a James Hadley Chase novel. Rise and Fall is one of Godard’s most playful and frankly funny films (thanks in large part to Léaud’s flair for comedy), as well as a profoundly thought-provoking and at times deeply moving work” (Anthology Film Archives, New York).

 

REVIEWS

“A movie about making a movie, but Rise and Fall goes further into that territory than anyone (including Godard) has gone before.”

Time Out | full review