|CHARLOTTE ET SON JULES
(director/writer: Jean-Luc Godard; cinematographer: M. Latouche;
Decugis/Jean-Luc Godard; music: R. Monsigny; cast:
Jean-Paul Belmondo (Jules), Anne Collette (Charlotte),
Gérard Blain (New Boyfriend), Jean-Luc
Godard (Voice of Jean); Runtime: 13; MPAA
Rating: NR; producer: Pierre Braunberger; The Criterion
Collection; 1960-France-in French with English
"Who would have thunk from this throwaway little pic, Godard would go on to become one of the great innovative contemporary filmmakers!"
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
the year before Breathless. Director Jean-Luc Godard
("Alphaville"/"King Lear"/"For Ever Mozart") shoots this lighthearted
comedy short entirely in a hotel room. A playful
Collette) returns to jilted lover Jules's (Jean-Paul Belmondo) tiny hotel apartment after
dumping him months ago and he goes into a tough guy
rambling non-stop rant how he knew she would be back
and heaps insults on her intelligence while she eats
an ice cream cone and says nothing. The voice of Belmondo is
Godard's. It ends with a great punchline, as after
Jules' long monologue Charlotte finally says she came
back for her toothbrush and leaves the crushed Jules
with his jaw dropping as she grabs the brush and
rushes out to meet her new boyfriend sitting in the
parked car in front of the hotel.
Who would have thunk from
this throwaway little pic, Godard would go on to
become one of the great innovative contemporary
The short is dedicated to Jean Cocteau. One line used says "Picasso told Cocteau it's a miracle not to drown in your bathtub."
REVIEWED ON 3/31/2012 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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