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FILM: BEST OF 2014

James Quandt

Jean-Luc Godard, Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language), 2014, 3-D digital video, color, sound, 70 minutes. Woman at book stand (Marie Ruchat).

1 GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE (Jean-Luc Godard) Godard’s thrilling valediction bids farewell to the word and the world, its 3-D effects evoking both the antic (GoPro) and the antique (stereoscope).

2 AMOUR FOU (Jessica Hausner) One of the great films about the nature of love, Hausner’s precisionist chronicle of the suicide pact between Heinrich von Kleist and Henriette Vogel draws on the paintings of Vermeer and Marie-Denise Villers and brilliantly employs lieder by Mozart and Beethoven—the most telling use of period performance since Straub-Huillet’s 1968 Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach.

3 HORSE MONEY (Pedro Costa) The Portuguese director’s ghostly codicil to his Fontainhas trilogy transpires in the catacombs of memory.

4 DAS SPEKTRUM EUROPAS (Cristi Puiu) In this minatory bedroom farce, Puiu’s contribution to the anthology film The Bridges of Sarajevo, two shots and two actors

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