Political Revolution in the Film “La Chinoise”
The film La Chinoise created by the iconic filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard pivoted on a group of students supporting Maoism. The young students undertake political revolutions marked by extreme actions. Maoism is a form of communism developed by Mao Tse Tung that draws on violence to spark actual change in the contemporary world. They lived in a multi-room flat decorated with red curtains and furnishings with many copies of Mao’s Little Red Book. Five Paris-based Maoists in developing the inflexible idealism of communism and the reformist members were eliminated from the revolutionists. The group uses pop culture to push their political agendas through slogans and protest placards. The revolutionary figures believed violence was the way to political and economic freedom and killing was necessary for the cause. The film La Chinoise explores politics and revolution during the 20th century pushed by young students.
The young students are determined to overthrow the prevailing capitalist system. The revolutionaries met and debated the idea of changing the status quo in France through violent insurrection. American consumerism and Gaullism are largely criticized, and the comrades believed they created a narcissistic culture (Gordad, 2012). Apart from the Maoist aspirations, the comrades are hyper-literate with solid academic backgrounds. The students rallied to overcome humanist post-structuralism ideas. The communist ideology is spread to the students by the Italian Communist Party, which engages with culture, economics, and politics to develop their ideology. They are majorly concerned about the American Revolution and criticize it publicly. The young revolutionaries also express their opposition to American foreign policy. Finally, the revolution resolved to chaotic means to serve as a critique of American military aggression.
Gordard, Jean-Luc,. (2012). “La Chinoise.” Gaumont vidéo. Web.