Ciné-Club: La Chinoise

Ciné-Club: La Chinoise

Sunday, May 2 at 1:00 p.m.
Free admission - Donations encouraged
This event takes place online - Zoom links will be emailed Saturday evening

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A radical mission needs radical means - so sayeth the militant members of  the Aden Arabie Cell, the Maoist group of revolutionary students at the center of Godard's  eerily prescient political satire about France's post 60's New Left. Join us this week as we take on:

La Chinoise (1967) 

Rent on YouTube, Vudu, or Amazon Prime

In a small apartment in Paris, a group of young intellectuals are crafting a revolution. Devoted Maoists and aspirational insurrectionists, Véronique, Guillaume, Henri, Yvonne, and Kirilov are a group of radical Parisian university students who spend their days reading the Little Red Book and discussing the necessity of violence for sparking social change. For all their talk about political assassinations and the utility of terrorism, their revolution remains purely intellectual - that is, until Véronique decideds it's time they make a statement. With theoretical violence threatening to manifest as actual murder, tensions arise in the group. Will they stick to their guns? Or is acting on their theory a bridge too far? 

Strangely prescient in light of the Mai '68 student protests that would erupt less than a year after its release, Godard's dark comedy about the New Left and its revolutionary ideals remains a satirical testament to the limits of intellectualism and the philosophical powder keg that was the 1960s.  Let's talk about it! 




Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered.
Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Sunday at 1:00 PM CST to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, curator and animateur of the Ciné-Club since it began in March 2020. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and has written on cinema for the politics revue, Toquevillle21.