Tuesday, March 25, 2008

hatherley on godard

It's long been my suspicion that when people say they don't like Brecht, and Brechtian techniques, what they really mean is they've seen some of Godard's 'political' films and been rather scarred by the experience, ending up with the entirely false view that the Verfremdungseffekt consists in breaking character to read bits of the Little Red Book, a general peevish 'politicality' in the editing and stiff performances.

Owen Hatherley at Sitdownmanyoureabloodytragedy on Godard, more (with video clips) here

1 comment:

"Post-Google" by TAR ART RAT said...

Unfortunately I had a bad intro to Brecht through the filmed stage version of Threepenny Opera- which, as I recall, was pretty campy...