by Allan Fish
(France 1975 88m) DVD1
Aka. Number Two
This is a factory
p Georges de Beauregard, Jean-Pierre Rassam d Jean-Luc Godard, Anne-Marie Mieville w Jean-Luc Godard ph William Lubtchansky ed Jean-Luc Godard m Leo Ferré
Sandrine Battistella (mother), Pierre Oudry (father), Alexander Rignault (grandfather), Rachel Stefanopoli (grandmother), Jean-Luc Godard (himself),
Looking back on Godard’s career I have always had problems with his films made post 1970, indeed post Weekend a few years earlier. Some talents just burn brighter for a shorter period of time – take Sturges or Carné. Godard, to these eyes, always seemed to want to push the envelope, to break new boundaries. Others may see his radical attempts as merely wallowing in his own introspections and revelling in his own pretensions. There’s a certain amount of truth in that as Godard has cultivated his own legend, for better or worse, but in truth few of his films made in the forty or so years since Weekend have galvanised me in the same way.
So here we are, in 2009 as I write, discussing one of only two films made in that apparent void here selected. Numéro Deux is selected for different reasons. It’s not a film that I particularly like, or would like to watch too often – twice so far and I am in no hurry to make it three or four – and yet it’s a film that provokes a response, cultivates debate and does exactly what Godard set out to do; namely, push that envelope. (more…)