Germany Year 90 Nine Zero | Chicago Reader

Germany Year 90 Nine Zero

Jean-Luc Godard's devastating 1991 film about the collapse of the Berlin wall is probably the most underrated and neglected of his major late films, perhaps because its 62-minute running time makes it difficult to program theatrically. The basic conceit is that Lemmy Caution, the American-style tough guy of Godard's Alphaville—Eddie Constantine in his last performance—has been working as a mole in East Berlin since the 60s; cast adrift in West Germany, he wanders through a puzzling post-cold war landscape littered with historical memories of various kinds. Sorrowful and funny, bittersweet and elegiac, Germany Year 90 Nine Zero has an emotional directness rare in Godard's work, and it's certainly the most accessible of his late films. In French and German with subtitles.

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