Jean-Luc Godard's Détective and La Chinoise in May
Optimum Releasing have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Jean-Luc Godard's Détective and La Chinoise for 16th May 2005 priced at £19.99 each. La Chinoise is a swiftly paced satire that may be one of Godard's most explicitly political works, and Détective combines the director's experimental bent with his fondness for noir thrillers. Godard's latest film Notre Musique, which premiered at Cannes, will also be released in cinemas by Optimum on May 20th
La Chinoise centres upon a small group of Parisian students debating the cultural revolution in China and how Maoist principles and terrorist activities could be used to revolutionise Western politics. Starring Godard's ex-wife Anne Wiazemsky and Truffaut favourite Jean-Pierre Léaud, La Chinoise also features the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen and the cinematography of Godard's nouvelle vague counterpart Raoul Coutard. La Chinoise was awarded a special jury prize at the 1967 Venice Film Festival.
Amidst the confines of a decaying Parisian hotel, Détective is set in motion when miserably married couple François (Nathalie Baye) and Emile (Claude Brasseur) attempt to collect a debt from mob-plagued boxing manager, Jim Fox Warner (Johnny Halliday). Meanwhile, house detective Laurent Terzieff tries to solve an old murder case. Made in 1985, Detective is a characteristically barbed and witty take on modern morality and popular culture. Playfully riffing on the charisma of its many stars, the film also marked the feature debut of actress Julie Delpy.
Both films are presented in their original 4:3 presentations with Stereo sound and introductions by Colin MacCabe, author of the book Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at Seventy.