Notre Musique in August
Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Jean-Luc Godard's Notre Musique for 15th August 2005 priced at £19.99. Part poetry, part journalism, part philosophy, legendary director Jean-Luc Godard's Notre Musique is a meditation on war seen through the prisms of cinema, text and image.
Largely set at a literary conference in Sarajevo, the film draws on the conflagration of the Bosnian war, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, the brutal treatment of Native Americans and the legacy of the Nazis.
Structured into the three kingdoms of Dante's Divine Comedy- Hell, Purgatory and Heaven- Notre Musique sees real-life literary figures (including Arab poet Mahmoud Darwich and Spanish writer Juan Goytislo) intermingling with actors, whilst documentary alternates with fiction. The film also follows the parallel stories of two Israeli women, Judith Lerner (Sarah Adler) who is drawn to the light and Olga Brodsky (Nade Dieu), drawn towards darkness.
Through evocative language and images, Godard spins an elaborate piece, which shows forces moving in eternal opposition and confirms his position as one of cinema's greatest directors.