Forever Mozart

on July 04, 1997 by Craig Vickers
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   This feature from veteran iconoclast Jean-Luc Godard is as dense and complex as the rest of his later films, but it's more focused, perhaps due to its subject matter. Although Godard is not to everyone's taste, "Forever Mozart" should delight the filmmaker's loyal following.
   The film has four distinct storylines, and in each an elderly director is trying to cast and shoot a movie about recent events in Bosnia. As is usual with Godard, there is no conventional plot or memorable character. Rather, Godard ruminates on the relationship between art and politics and on the role cinema plays in this exchange. Not surprisingly, "Forever Mozart" tackles ideas with intellectual rigor while retaining a suggestive and poetic air. But the highlight--thanks in part to exquisite cinematography by Christophe Pollock--is Godard's mastery of beautiful images.    Starring Ingrid Rubio, Carlos Fuentes and Agata Lys. Directed and written by Jean-Luc Godard. Produced by Alain Sarde and Ruth Waldenburger. A New Yorker release. Drama. French-language; English subtitles. Unrated. Running time: 85 min. Screened at the Toronto fest.
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