The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company

(Grandeur et Decadence d'un Petit Commerce de Cinema) Features
Director: Jean-Luc Godard 1986 92 Minutes Ages 15+
The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company Fri 12 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 10:30am 92mins Australian Cinémathèque GOMA
The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company Mon 15 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 06:00pm 92mins The Elizabeth Picture Theatre

For the 1980s French television series Série Noire, filmmakers were tasked with producing a feature-length screen adaptation of a crime novel — but with Jean-Luc Godard (The Image Book), nothing can ever be so straightforward.

Ostensibly an adaptation of the 1964 detective story The Soft Centre by James Hadley Chase, The Rise and Fall… instead more strongly recalls the film industry meta-commentary of Godard’s Le Mepris 1963. It follows a belligerent director struggling to adapt a crime novel as the vagaries of both his personal and professional lives interfere with his work. Semi-experimental in form, the film is nevertheless enthralling and darkly humorous — with the new restoration bringing this forgotten work back to its deserved place near the top of Godard’s monumental oeuvre.

Screening as part of ‘Restored Revelations


Classification:Ages 15+
Language:French and Italian, with English subtitles
Director:Jean-Luc Godard
Producer:Pierre Grimblat
Cast:Jean-Pierre Mocky, Marie Valera, Jean-Pierre Léaud
Script:James Hadley Chase
Program strand:Features