Grandeur et décadence d’un petit commerce de cinéma (1986) AKA The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company


Director Gaspard Bazin is working on a new feature film. For now, he’s still looking at the fundraising and casting stage of the process. He calls upon Jean Almereyda, a once-fashionable producer who is now going through a bad patch, finding it increasingly difficult to raise the capital he needs for his ventures. His wife Eurydice dreams of being a movie star. A perverse game between the two men ensues, with Almereyda wanting to please his wife, but reluctant to demand a role for Eurydice because of Bazin’s reputation as an incorrigible seducer.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard. AKA The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company.
Writers: James Hadley Chase (novel) (as J.H. Chase), Jean-Luc Godard (scenario) (uncredited).
Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Marie Valera, Jean-Pierre Mocky, Caroline Champetier, Anne Carrel, Françoise Desprote, Jean-Pierre Delamour, Jacques Pena, Jean Grécault, Jean Brisa.


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  1. January 18, 2024

    The formalist aspects of this masterpiece are remarkable. There are no “heirs” of Godard because he had essentially deconstructed the entire history of cinema and created a new language. As for Godard himself, his cameo in this film confirms that he was most certainly tired of cinema, by 1986. By all accounts, Godard would be exhausted from life itself by 2022.

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