In the past year Lost in Criterion has talked about a lot of films about revolutions, and art being what it is most of those films view revolt as positive. Though one of my favorites, Visconti's The Leopard, at least points out that revolutions rarely change anything except who gets to do the oppressing of the poor. Marxism theoretically seeks to change that, but as Tout va Bien shows us, the aftermath of Marxist revolt in western nations often still ends with the lower classes wondering what's changed.
Jean-Luc Godard and his political film collaborator Jean-Pierre Gorin explore a group of factory workers who feel left behind after the May 1968 events in France, an uprising that's own organizers say "succeeded socially but not politically", which is to say, did nothing. It also asks what the role of celebrities and intellectuals should be in the revolution. (Something like "stand back, for your own safety.")
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