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Lotte in Italia

Struggles in Italy
Luttes en Italie

Italy / France 1971
produced by
Cosmoseion, RAI
directed by Groupe Dziga Vertov (= Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin)
starring Cristiana Tullio-Altan, Paolo Pozzesi, Jerome Hinstin, Anne Wiazemsky
written by Groupe Dziga Vertov (= Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin)

review by
Mike Haberfelner


Paula (Cristiana Tullio-Altan) is an idialistic young woman full of revolutionary, socialist ideas who doesn't realize how dependant she is from her burgeois background still. Sure, her heart's in the right place, but she still needs money, needs to be fed, wants an ordinary (sexual) relationship, and basically a comfortable life - which just can't be built on revolutionary ideas alone.

 

Storywise of course, Struggles in Italy hasn't aged too well, as while the socialist ideology might not have changed over the years, the needs of the working class have, the approach to socialism has, as has the way to reach its goals. And heck, even Jean-Luc Godard's views on socialism have. So naturally, this film (like many overtly political films) has to be seen as a product of and document of its time. What's quite remarkable though is the film's cinematic language that refuses to create a straight-forward drama, instead relies on long static shots that often don't even show the protagonists, lets the protagonist talk in slogans rather than realistic dialogue, and refuses itself to narrative flow as we know it - to quite fascinating results, really.

That said, it's not one of Godard's masterpieces - but a highly interesting footnote for his followers for sure, and definitely worth seeing for all who have grown tired of straightforward narrative filmmaking for sure.

 

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