Marcel Ophuls and Jean-Luc Godard: The Meeting in St-Gervais–Provocative Docu about Time, Past, and Memory

It’s only 44 minute long, but the documentary, Marcel Ophuls and Jean-Luc Godard: The Meeting in St-Gervais, offers an opportunity to listen to the provocative and intimate chat between two of the world cinema’s most influential and idiosyncratic directors.

In a small theater in Geneva, Switzerland, the film directors Marcel Ophuls and Jean-Luc Godard met for an unusual, surprisngly intimate and sometimes contentious dialogue with each other in front of a live audience.

Ophuls’ seminal documentary, The Sorrow and the Pity, triggers Godard to discuss his personal and fragmented childhood memories about his escape to Switzerland during World War, while Ophuls recalls the controversy surrounding the release of his film in France.

Godard and Ophuls are in the twilight of their years, but they remain stimulating, sharp, and argumentative as one would expect them to be.