It's frustrating to a be film fan here in Baltimore. Not that that the community itself doesn't do all it can to create an exciting and fairly diverse series of screenings and events all the time somewhere or another, it's just that the larger "film culture," tied to bottom-line concerns about distribution and all of that, passes us by way more than we'd like. We're expected to just go to Washington, D.C. and bus it up to NYC to check out a lot of obscurities, revivals, and minor critically acclaimed new flicks or just sit patiently on our hands until they come to home video or streaming.
And that was what we expected to happen with Jean-Luc Godard's "Goodbye To Language," a 3-D (yes, 3-D!) tone poem made up of shaky digital video and good and proper gorgeous film that is, like so much post-'60s work from the French filmmaking legend, willfully, delightfully obscure but first and foremost form-breaking and sensory. But holy shit dude, here we are: "Goodbye To Language" comes to Baltimore next month and it plays at the Senator Theatre in 3-fucking-D on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m., which means "Goodbye To Language" is getting the same gorgeous theater, on-a-nice-big-screen treatment as, say, Hollywood stuff like "Penguins of Madagascar." Thank the Senator for this one, everybody. Watch the trailer for "Goodbye To Language" below.