If you've seen any post-1968 Godard, you'll feel at home with NOTRE MUSIQUE.
Lack of story, suspence, action. Bare ideas.
Familiar didactic offscreen commentary.
That deliberate editing (anti-editing?) which is not building up an illusion of fluid continuity and seamless cuts but violently clashing images and sound.
To destroy, disembowel traditional narrative.
Grainy B/W newsreel footage VS oversaturated, fuzzy video.
Silence VS music.
No matter how much JLG pisses me off,I always find myself coming back for more.
A couple of weeks back I was left very frustrated with FILM SOCIALISME(this film was clearly designed to frustrate). Still, I was drawn to more Godard. NOTRE MUSIQUE is perfectly bearable (compared to FILM SOCIALISME) and very nice to look at.
Forget APOCALYPSE NOW. When it comes to cinematic war atrocities, Godrad's your man!
He clearly knows how to pile on amazing stock footage from various sources to create an operatic, confusing, almost orgasmic collage of explosions and corpses.
Despite the grim subject matter, NOTRE MUSIQUE is not depressing and very easy on the eyes.
I would definitely recommend it over such reasonably well-known stuff as WEEKEND(1967) PASSION (1982) or the overlong HISTOIRE(S) DU CINEMA (1988-1998)