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"With typically playful perversity, Godard uses nudity to serve as ideological statement, surrealist and "obscene" in its unexpected transposition of Freud with brain and Marx with sex. These two names also denote the true parameters of Godard's universe and his determination to destroy illusionism by introducing lettering into the visuals."--Film as a Subversive Art (1974) by Amos Vogel on an image, featured in the film Joy of Learning, of a woman lying spread-eagled on the beach with a Sigmund Freud-arrow pointing to her head and a Karl Marx-arrow pointing to her genitals, at the beginning of the section "The Attack on Puritanism: Nudity".

A1 pourquoi tu as fait ça ?

A2 question de méthode, et toi ?

A1 oui, moi.

A2 moi, apprendre, leur apprendre, et à moi, à retourner contre l'ennemi l'arme avec laquelle, dans le fond des choses, il nous attaque : le langage. Al apprendre, oui, tout ce qu’on voulait, nous aussi, c'est apprendre, pour avoir les trois a.

A2 c’est quoi ?

A1 alire, aécrire, acompter.

A2 finalement, c'est pas un problème très drôle.

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Le gai savoir is a 1969 French Freudo-Marxist film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, started before the events of May 68 and finished after. Co-produced by the O.R.T.F., the film, once finished, is seen unfit to screen on French television, and its release to the theatres is banned by the censor. The film was meant to be a modern version of Rousseau’s treatise on education, Émile (1762). The title of the film is a pun on Nietzsche's The Gay Science.



Patricia and Émile meet at night in the middle of nowhere. While reading, listening to the radio and discussing the information they are retrieving, they develop mutual beliefs.


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  • Film still [1][2] depicting Freudo-Marxism, a reclining woman on a beach, an arrow points to her head reading 'Freud' and an arrow points to her crotch reading 'Marx'.

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