“A minute of silence in images for all the absent images, censored images, prostituted images, machinated images, delinquent images, buggered images, images beaten up by all the governments, televisions and westernized cinemas that rhyme information and repression with trash and culture.”
— Jean-Luc Godard – Le Gai Savoir (The Joy of Learning), 1969
“We can’t really understand. Of course. They’re speaking out of order.”
Godard started working on Joy of Learning (Le Gai Savoir) before the events of May 1968 and finished it shortly afterwards. Co-produced by France’s public broadcaster, the film was rejected by French national television upon completion, then released in the cinema where it was subsequently banned by the government. The title references Nietzsche’s The Gay Science.