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Godard's 3D extravaganza has Cannes scratching its head

Published on May 22, 2014 3:36 AM
An undated handout film still provided by the Cannes Film Festival organization on May 21, 2014 shows a scene of Adieu Au Langage (Goodbye to Language 3D) by French director Jean-Luc Godard. -- PHOTO: EPA

CANNES (AFP) - He is either adored or hated. At this year's Cannes Film Festival, film legend Jean-Luc Godard had critics scratching their heads over his latest "exasperating and mad" 3D extravaganza.

Described by the maestro himself as his best film, "Goodbye to Language" is a frenetic patchwork of vivid scenes and philosophical musings interspersed with stirring music, brutal edits and voices talking over other voices.

The 83-year-old himself was noticeably absent from the premiere of his film, sending the cast in his place, but he provided festival organisers with a typically cryptic video message.

"Being elsewhere than here, it is not possible for me to be with you, dear comrades, on May 21, in fact it is no longer a film even though it is my best," he said.

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