Blu-ray, DVD Release: Film Socialisme

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 10, 2012
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $34.95
Kino Lorber

Film Socialisme movie sceneLegendary filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard’s latest film drama, 2010’s Film Socialisme, is the first narrative movie he’s directed since 2004’s Notre musique.

A filmic essay on the state of contemporary Europe, international politics and Western history, Film Socialisme is structured as a cinematic “symphony.”

The film is divided into three “movements:” aboard a luxury cruise ship, where a multitude of passengers (including rock poet Patti Smith) from varying stations intersect; a rural gas station, where two children seek explanations from their parents on the ideas of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity; and concluding with visits to six ports of call, each tied to key historical events that Godard examines in a political context: Barcelona, Naples, Greece, Odessa, Palestine and Egypt.

Film Socialisme was seen at the world’s leading film festivals (it screened at Cannes, Toronto, New York, Milan, São Paulo and many others) before being released theatrically. It played in one theater in New York in June 2011 to generally positive reviews.

On the DVD and Blu-ray, the film is presented in French with English subtitles.

Check out the trailer, which is a real trip:

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