La Chinoise

La Chinoise

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It's early '67 and Radio Peking's in the air for the Aden Arabie Cell, a Maoist collective holed up in a sprawling flat on Paris's rue de Miromesnil - the newly purchased actual residence of Godard and then-wife and star Anne Wiazemsky. Veronique (Wiazemsky) and her comrades, including Jean-Pierre Léaud (The 400 Blows, Out 1) and Juliet Berto (Out 1, Céline and Julie Go Boating) lead a series of discussions and performative skits addressing matters of French colonialism, American imperialism, and the broader conflict raging in Vietnam. A meditation on the efficacy of violent protest and militant counteraction played out between Wiazemsky (conducted by Godard via radio-earpiece), and her then-tutor philosopher Francis Jeanson gives way to a plot to assassinate the Soviet minister of culture - a red-handed point of no-going-back on the path to complete radicalisation.
Starring Anne Wiazemsky, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Juliet Berto
Director Jean-Luc Godard