100 words or less: La Chinoise [Jean-Luc Godard, 1967]

La Chinoise is a film where the ideologies shared by the film’s leads aren’t necessarily the ideologies promoted by the film. The film isn’t wholly calling to overthrow capitalism, despite how pervasive this thought is in the film, but is righteously critiquing the manner in which the French left, with their infatuation with rising communist bodies, envision a revolution. The real revolution of La Chinoise, therefore, isn’t spouted by its characters but present in how the film rejects dominant codes of cinema by challenging, as opposed to reinforcing, its own ideological core.

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