Trois Couleurs: A Trilogy of Color by Jean-Luc Godard

For France.
By  · Published on July 31st, 2017

For France.

Filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski is famous for his Three Colours Trilogy, three films that represent the colors and ideals of the French flag: red, white, and blue, and fraternity, equality, and liberty. So literal was Kieslowski’s interpretation of these colors that he named the respective films for them. But Kieslowski, of course, was a Polish filmmaker, not a French one, and as such he’s far from the first director to play with the relationship between these colors and the ideals they represent. France’s preeminent director, the immortal Jean-Luc Godard, has done the same thing across his historic filmography, using the red, white, and blue hues to stand in for manifestations of allegiance, unanimity, and freedom.

In the following supercut from Ruben Dias – “Bleu, Blanc, and Rouge” – images of the titular colors have been compiled from a quartet of Godard’s finest films (A Woman is a Woman, Contempt, Pierre Le Fou, and Made in USA) to reveal how the director was playing with the concept decades before Kieslowski.

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