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Many film lovers know Michel Hazanavicius for his 2011 feature "The Artist," the black-and-white, more-or-less silent love letter to cinema, whose hoard of awards includes five Oscars.The writer-director was in Beirut for the opening days of the Beirut International Film festival, escorting his latest feature "Redoubtable" through its Arab world premiere.As Hazanavicius informed his Beirut audience, Thursday's projection fell on the day of Wiazemsky's death.Godard and Wiazemsky were newlyweds in the midst of shooting their first film together, "La Chinoise".The balance of the film is about Godard's efforts to revolutionize his filmmaking and the strain that placed on his life and marriage.Watching "Redoubtable" alongside "The Artist," it's tempting to construct Hazanavicius' own philosophy of cinema – one that's not especially sympathetic to politically engaged art.Hazanavicius does not believe cinema is apolitical.One of the ironies of Godard's revolutionary cinema is that, while setting out to make its audience into activists, the filmmaker abandoned facets of cinema convention that created the vital bond of empathy with its audience.Hazanavicius feels his work may have been influenced by that of Godard, but not directly.
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