Céline Condorelli

''One must counter vague ideas with clear images''.

This is a still from La Chinoise, Jean-Luc Godard's 1967 film, which almost entirely takes place in a small Parisian apartment, the walls of which bear different mottos and slogans that accompany the struggle of young revolutionaries. The sentence works like a cinematographic method, against much of the philosophers of the time, it is a slogan, a ritournelle, a refrain, a reminder. A way to make an image that haunts and remains, an image that is always present.

N.B. Given that the film was made in March 1967 — one year before violent student protest became a manifest social reality in France — La Chinoise is now regarded as an uncannily prescient and insightful examination of the New Left activism during those years.

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