Made in the USA

Although French cinemaster/provocateur Jean-Luc Godard always hinted that Made in the USA, his 1966 gangster movie, was an homage to Howard Hawks's 1946 The Big Sleep (playing concurrently at MFAH), it's really an outright homage to Godard himself. All Godard's tics of the trade are in evidence: the weird narrative, his then-wife Anna Karina as muse and lead actress, the Brechtian jump cuts, the sly little winks to Hollywood past, the structured, claustrophobic framing. Then there's the Marxian (not Groucho, unfortunately) influences as agitprop, the no-ending ending. The pop-art lushness of the color and the doll-like costuming cement the movie to its era like a time capsule, and, yes, that's Marianne Faithfull singing in the bar scene. 7:15 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 5:15 Saturday, and 5 p.m. Sunday. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit www.mfah.org. $6 to $7.
July 2-5, 2009
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D.L. Groover has contributed to countless reputable publications including the Houston Press since 2003. His theater criticism has earned him a national award from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) as well as three statewide Lone Star Press Awards for the same. He's co-author of the irreverent appreciation, Skeletons from the Opera Closet (St. Martin's Press), now in its fourth printing.
Contact: D. L. Groover