Originally Posted by jwjp
Well I think I'm unaware of a lot of historical context, but I was left with a lot of unanswered questions. I enjoyed the scenes with the Rolling Stones, that was a really neat insight to the recording process. But what were the voice-overs? Were they relevant at all? "All about Eve"? Who was she?
I can appreciate the "meta-ness" of filming a documentary team in a documentary style, and I can appreciate the stylistic choices of the woods and the yes and no answers, but it's still left me baffled. Although maybe that's the point? Does she represent hippy politics? And the militia in the junk yard - Black Power? That didn't feel explained. Why did they throw the guns all the way one way and then throw them all the way the other way? And the graffiti? And the magazine shop? It felt like 90% of the film went over my head
Hopefully someone can enlighten me.
Woops, I missed this before.
Her name is Eve Democracy. Her last name is not
Republic, Totalitarianism, Liberalism, or Trade Unionism
She wasn't born in Stalingrad or Trafalgar (i.e. she - democracy personified - is not from the USSR or the UK), nor was she born at El Alamein
. She was born in Budapest
She was calling LeRoi Jones
, Cassius Clay
, H. Rap Brown
, Stokely Carmichael
, Eldridge Cleaver
, Malcolm X
, or Patrice Lumumba
(and another, whose name I don't recognize).
I guess it's also important to understand that Godard made a lot of very explicitly Marxist films during this period of his career. More specifically, I think he was self-identifying as a Maoist by the time this movie was made. The shot at the USSR is most likely a result of the growing disillusionment that a lot of Western Marxists felt with the Soviets following the invasion of Hungary and, later, the Prague Spring
The rest of the interview just explicates some of Godard's (rather standard for the time) views. I wouldn't necessarily call them "hippie," they're more like counter-cultural (e.g. the talk about marijuana and barbiturates
, "free love," etc.)
Does that help explicate a bit?