- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 55 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 26, 2012
- Originally Released: 1976
- Label: Olive Films
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Arabic, French
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Sight and Sound - 07/01/2012
"An hour long but righteous and fierce, it's one of Godard's clearest and most upsetting essays."
Director Jean-Luc Godard begins to truly delve into the intellectual ramifications of film language on world culture with ICI ET AILLEURS (Here and Elsewhere). Along with fellow directors Anne-Marie Miéville and Jean-Pierre Gorin, Godard names his groundbreaking threesome the Dziga Vertov Group, in a tribute to the famed Russian filmmaker whose contributions changed cinema art forever. In this 55-minute experiment, here is France and elsewhere is Palestine...and the group uses a barrage of innovative film and video techniques to contrast families from both places. But Godard, Miéville, and Gorin not only want to capture the differences between the two cultures, they want to capture the different ways the media portrays them. So they superimpose and juxtapose fragments from television, literature, and photographs, always considering how the production of images influences how the world is seen. Both film and video are combined, as well as projected footage and slides, in order to superimpose more than two images simultaneously, adding literal layers to the film's multilayered ideologies. Deeply challenging in a way that defines the greatest of artistic achievements, ICI ET AILLEURS is a provocative, stirring indictment of visual art's ability to change the world.
Directors Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin, and Anne-Marie Miéville (aka the Dziga Vertov Group) contrast a French family with a Palestinian family in two concurrent slices of history, just as the title (translated as "Here and Elsewhere") suggests. Both film and video were combined in order to superimpose more than two images simultaneously.
- Theatrical release: September 15, 1976.
- Palestinians commissioned the making of the film, which was originally to be released under the title UNTIL VICTORY. But after the defeat of Palestine in the Six Day War, the film was drastically reworked by its creators to focus on a French family as well as on Palestine, retitled ICI ET AILLEURS (HERE AND ELSEWHERE).