Re: Recently Watched Films 2022
Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2022 7:30 am
Andrzej Żuławski, Mes nuits sont plus belles que vos jours 1989
I remember going to see a Marx Brothers movie in the Quartier Latin on one of my first trips to Paris, and being amused at how the French audience laughed in all the wrong places, simply because they were responding to a whole other set of puns and jokes in the French subtitles, as Groucho and Chico's wordplay was literally untranslatable. I found myself doing the same thing here, but hats off to the enterprising soul who attempted to translate Raphaële Billetdoux's cascade of calembours into English. Damn, even my wife, who is French, had a hard time following the dizzying Word Association Football of Jacques Dutronc and Sophie Marceau. Like much Żuławski of the 80s it's such a breathtakingly overloaded (in terms of montage, script and visuals - both costumes and cinematography) affair it'll probably have you gasping for breath and/or reaching for a bottle of something before the final wonderful walk out into the sea off the beach at Biarritz (must have cost him a bit for that camera). Quite what you can get out of it will depend on how much of the dialogue you're able to follow, let alone understand. I have to say I enjoyed myself enormously but I won't be watching it again until it comes with decent French subtitles. You'd need a pretty good grasp of French to deal with subs too, I'd say. Compared to this, Godard is easy. So, imagine his verbal dexterity (perversity?) combined with the glitzy, shiny cinéma du look of 80s France. Bonne chance!