For Ever Mozart

Synopsis: Jean-Luc Godard's densely packed rumination on the need to create order and beauty in a world ruled by chaos is divided into four distinct but tangentially related stories, including the attempts by a young group of idealists to stage a play in war-torn Sarajevo and an elderly director's efforts to complete his film.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Director(s): Jean-Luc Godard
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
84 min

You're late! Kiss me.

We're waiting!

The French franc

keeps dropping, Baron.

Is it yes or no?

We'll soon find out.

This is me.

"A Prisoner of Love".

That's why you changed

"Man's Hope" to "expectations"?

Sh*t, the cinema!




That's the word I'd like to write.

Modern life is too fast-paced

to allow any room

for a feeling so ardent,

so tender.

We shrug our shoulders

at this chaste betrothal with the future.

Modern man has no time to hope,

nor to love.

It's the little people who hope.

Not the modern world.

Like the saints

who atone and love for us.

Everywhere in our poor Europe,

the tradition of modest expectations

is in the hands of the poor.

Like old seamstresses,

whose lace work

no machine could ever match.

You'll say that these poor fools...

Living on expectations, are no more

laudable for hoping than for living.



Mr Vitalis, I'm Baron Felix.

"War is easy. It's... "

So is it yes?

What's your film called?

"The Fatal Bolero".

100,000 francs.

Go on.

1,000,000 francs.

Good thing I'm not serious

or I'd think it over for another year.

"War is easy. It's sticking

a piece of metal in a piece of flesh. "

No, not at all!

Tonight at 10.

I booked a table at Edgar.

We're expecting you.

No, Father! It's not for you anymore.

You have to turn the page!

We'll start over after vacation.

I need to speak to you.

She sent me a letter.

You're lucky.

Yes, but I'm scared.

Too much of her

brings me bad luck.

Will you be at your mother's

for vacation?

Yes, Uncle.

I'm going to Madrid to get a book.

I'll come to see you

before going to Paris.

- How old is it now?

- 35. You should know.

Either you're faithful

or you aren't.

Each in his own way.

I was in Spain.

I found Azana's book

about how Don Quixote was invented.

I haven't forgotten.

With the communists

I'll go to my death.

But I won't go one step further.

Something's wrong.

Is it her or is it him?

- You'll have to push.

- I'm tired!

I know, I know.

You saw Sollers' article in "Le Monde",

"Sarajevo and Marivaux".

Let's go by foot. It's not far.

She's given him the idea

of going to Sarajevo

to put on

"The Game of Love and Chance".

As if France needed that!

That screwy philosophizing

daughter of yours!

He says he'll find a sponsor,

if I lend him the car.

Can you imagine?

The car in which Albert Camus got killed

drives on to Sarajevo.

I may have Corneille or Racine.

We said no tragedies!

How about Musset?

- "One Mustn't Play at Love"

- In Sarajevo.

I heard Musset

was mean to George Sand.

Serves her right.

And what's more, Camille...

that's me!

Happiness is such a rare pearl

in this earthly ocean.

I know her. Three years ago,

she wanted to deliver Jerusalem.

In the meantime, she's unemployed.

In Madrid, candles are forbidden

in every church.

- What do they use?

- Electricity.

Good God.

- I agree.

- I don't.

"We begin by defending a Republic

and end up robbing stagecoaches": Hugo.

I don't like guerillas,

that ass Guevara, 2 or 3 Vietnams...

Yeah, Dad. 2 or 3 Americas.

Kings lunch, princes dine,

paupers sup.

That's right.

So, who starts?

I, Albert Camus' granddaughter,

decide to put on

"One Mustn't Play at Love" in Sarajevo.

It's suicide.

"Suicide is the only

serious philosophical problem. "

"The Rebel", page one.

To do so, I've asked

the help and support

of my cousin, here present.

Children were once parental property.

Yes, but when children are grand,

they belong to their grandparents.

Say something.

No, he'll take his $100,000

for the "Fatal Bolero".



How horrible.

I have their word.

We'll never see that money.

This is what Juan Goytisolo

told me in Madrid:

Is the history of Europe

in the 1990's a simple rehearsal

with slight symphonic variations

of the cowardice

and chaos of the 1930's?

Austria, Ethiopia,

Spain, Czechoslovakia:

a dreadful, unending Bolero by Ravel.

Anyway, the war is over.

So what?

It was a civil war!

What you're saying is irrelevant!

Anyway, he's right.

What about the forests?

The fish? The wolves?

What's she talking about?

You heard me.

They'll rebuild it any which way.

No use voting green.

I'd like to go away.

With them.

It's not good enough here?

No, I'm not happy.

She can be Rosette.

There's nothing more to say.

Yes, there's more.

Now that I'm unemployed,

during these slow, empty hours,

a sadness rises into my mind

from the depths of my soul.

Bitterness that everything is

a sensation belonging only to me

and also something outside me.

Something I'm incapable

of changing!

Alas, life's a nightmare bad enough.

Leave our dreams out of it.


Yes, Uncle.

How often do my own dreams

rise before me?

They represent what's most intelligent

in the young generation,

in this Europe,

not purified,

but corrupted by suffering...

To tell me how

they resemble reality.

Not exalted,

but humiliated

by its new-won freedom.

...because I refuse them

and they appear suddenly

from the exterior.

You too,

nothing but youth for sale.

Who's the father

of characters in a play?

It was your idea

to do theater there...

It's the author, Dad.

And who is the mother?

The actor.

Come with us... please.

I have to stop by Paris.

Listen to my idea.

Remember Hemingway's house?

My Lord,

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Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard (French: [ʒɑ̃lyk ɡɔdaʁ]; born 3 December 1930) is a French-Swiss film director, screenwriter and film critic. He rose to prominence as a pioneer of the 1960s French New Wave film movement.Like his New Wave contemporaries, Godard criticized mainstream French cinema's "Tradition of Quality", which "emphasized craft over innovation, privileged established directors over new directors, and preferred the great works of the past to experimentation." As a result of such argument, he and like-minded critics started to make their own films. Many of Godard's films challenge the conventions of traditional Hollywood in addition to French cinema. In 1964, Godard described his and his colleagues' impact: "We barged into the cinema like cavemen into the Versailles of Louis XV." He is often considered the most radical French filmmaker of the 1960s and 1970s; his approach in film conventions, politics and philosophies made him arguably the most influential director of the French New Wave. Along with showing knowledge of film history through homages and references, several of his films expressed his political views; he was an avid reader of existential and Marxist philosophy. Since the New Wave, his politics have been much less radical and his recent films are about representation and human conflict from a humanist, and a Marxist perspective.In a 2002 Sight & Sound poll, Godard ranked third in the critics' top-ten directors of all time (which was put together by assembling the directors of the individual films for which the critics voted). He is said to have "created one of the largest bodies of critical analysis of any filmmaker since the mid-twentieth century." He and his work have been central to narrative theory and have "challenged both commercial narrative cinema norms and film criticism's vocabulary." In 2010, Godard was awarded an Academy Honorary Award, but did not attend the award ceremony. Godard's films have inspired many directors including Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Brian De Palma, Steven Soderbergh, D. A. Pennebaker, Robert Altman, Jim Jarmusch, Wong Kar-wai, Wim Wenders, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Pier Paolo Pasolini.From his father, he is the cousin of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, former President of Peru. He has been married twice, to actresses Anna Karina and Anne Wiazemsky, both of whom starred in several of his films. His collaborations with Karina—which included such critically acclaimed films as Bande à part (1964) and Pierrot le Fou (1965)—was called "arguably the most influential body of work in the history of cinema" by Filmmaker magazine. more…

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