The UK premiere of Olivier Bohler and Céline Gailleurd's essay film Jean-Luc Godard, Le Désordre Exposé / Disorder Exposed 2012. The film retraces Jean-Luc Godard's notorious exhibition at the Centre national d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou in Paris between 11 May – 14 August 2006. The film and following discussion will reflect on the exhibition Voyage(s) en utopie, Jean-Luc Godard 1946 – 2006 in the context of Godard’s work, and reconsider his films in the framework and history of curatorial practice. In the film we are led by André S. Labarthe, former Cahiers du Cinéma critic and actor in Godard’s Vivre Sa Vie 1962, who guides us through archival footage, television interviews and partial reconstructions of the Pompidou exhibition. Bohler and Gailleurd’s film proposes a new approach to Godard’s work as an attempt to curate a history of cinema through literature, art and politics.
Le Désordre Exposé / Disorder Exposed will be followed by the UK premiere of a short film by Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Mièville. A notice at the entrance to Godard’s Voyage(s) en Utopie exhibition announced that the Centre Pompidou had decided not to realise an earlier concept, Collage(s) de France: Archaeology of the Cinema, due to ‘artistic, technical and financial difficulties’. In this intimate home movie, filmed some months before, Godard leads a tour of the maquette for the soon-to-be abandoned Collage(s) de France exhibition, giving a valuable insight into an exhibition that never was.
Followed by a discussion between the filmmakers and Michael Witt, author of Jean-Luc Godard, Cinema Historian (Indiana University Press, 2013), Reader in Cinema Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures at the University of Roehampton.
Listen to the recording of this event:
Jean-Luc Godard, Le Désordre Exposé / Jean-Luc Godard, Disorder Exposed
Olivier Bohler and Céline Gailleurd, France / Switzerland 2012, colour and black and white, sound, 65 min
Reportage Amateur (Maquette Expo) / Home Movie (Exhibition Maquette)
Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Mièville, France/ Switzerland 2006, colour, sound, 46 min
Programme duration: 111 min
In association with Birkbeck University and The Screen Shadows Group's 'Godard As Curator' workshops taking place from 4 November – 6 December.
Olivier Bohler and Céline Gailleurd are both from the south of France. Bohler studied Greek and Latin, before teaching history of cinema and film analysis at Aix-en-Provence University. In 2000 he completed his PhD Thesis on the director Jean-Pierre Melville, and is also known as a specialist on Pier Paolo Pasolini. Gailleurd studied cinema and completed her PhD Thesis on early Italian cinema and its links with nineteenth century painting. She also was an assistant to Agnès Varda. In 2007, Bohler co-founded Nocturnes Productions with Raphaël Millet, which produces documentaries about the history of cinema and short films. In 2008 he directed the film Codename Melville. Since then, he has co-directed three documentaries with Céline Gailleurd: André S. Labarthe, Du Chat au Chapeau 2010, Jean-Luc Godard, Le Désordre Exposé 2012 and Edgar Morin, Chronique d'un Regard 2014. They have written numerous articles on cinema in books and magazines.
Michael Witt is Reader in Cinema Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures at the University of Roehampton. He is the author of Jean-Luc Godard, Cinema Historian (Indiana University Press, 2013), and the co-editor of For Ever Godard (Black Dog, 2004), The French Cinema Book (BFI, 2004), and Jean-Luc Godard: Documents (Centre Pompidou, 2006). He recently contributed an introductory essay to the first publication in English of the lectures on cinema history that Godard delivered in Montreal in 1978: Jean-Luc Godard, Introduction to a True History of Cinema and Television, ed. and trans. Timothy Barnard (Caboose, 2014).