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Le gai savoir
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1969 • France
Starring Juliet Berto, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Jean-Luc Godard
Alone in an abandoned television studio, two militants, Émile Rousseau (Jean-Pierre Leaud) and Patricia Lumumba (Juliet Berto), have a discourse on language. Referring to the spoken word as “the enemy”—the weapon used by the establishment to confuse liberation movements—the two deconstruct the meanings of sounds and images in an attempt to “return to zero” and truly experience the joy of learning.