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Keep Your Right Up!

1987

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  • The biggest surprise here, though, is Godard's modification of his own persona: in contrast to the grumpy, would-be sages of First Name: Carmen and King Lear, his benign and ethereal character is positively Keatonian, with echoes of Tati's Monsieur Hulot as well. (Early in the film, he executes a surprisingly deft Keaton-like gag of diving through a car window.)

  • There’s a recitation involving references to crystal... with which the musician Catherine Ringer, whose father was a Holocaust survivor, is seen on-screen... With this subtle but unmistakable touch, Godard defines contemporary French art and culture—his own work and the work of those he admires—as a living memorial of the Holocaust, and suggests that the persecution of Jews in the Holocaust remains the inextricable catastrophe and crisis at the heart of today’s Europe.

  • Inspired by Jerry Lewis and Jacques Tati, this intellectually and structurally cracked comedy ruminates on both art... and death... Meanwhile, French rockers Les Rita Misouko cut a new album in between vignettes, but more baffling than all the cryptic references is just how rewarding it is to watch Godard pull faces and suffer slapstick pratfalls. Could this be his "Schizopolis"?

  • For Godard, art is still the only means of commenting on social reality, yet its routine failure to do so reveals how blinkered and dishonest that view can be. Despite such harrowing subject matter, Keep Your Right Up honors its aforementioned comedy heroes by offering up some of the funniest gags of any Godard film.