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    Subject: Perfect Timing
    Date: Nov 25, 2004
    Sender: David HarrisPrevious

    At a time when all the moral lessons of the 20th Century appear to be upended, especially in America, where the recent elections have cast a very dark shadow on the very concept of liberty, equality, fraternity, Godard has made "Notre Musique" - a requiem of sorts, yet also a portent of things to come. I found the film graceful and moving. Serene at a time of the darkest of hearts. It is also a film to be contemplated at many levels - as both allegory and document of our times. In "Purgatory", Godard holds up a picture of a bombed out city and asks which war it represents. Everyone thinks it is a war of Europe or the middle east. It turns out to be Richmond Virgina in 1865. This is but one ironic moment in a film loaded with them, the last of which has marines guarding heaven. Godard has made films before where his ironic statements have seemed oblique, but never one in which the reference (s) seemed so potent or timely. The film should be screened at the Pentagon, with both Bush and The Pope as guest attendees.

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