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Friday, 16 December 2011

SONG "MAO MAO" FROM "LA CHINOISE" (GODARD, 1968) WITH LYRYCS: A PERCEPTIVE CINEMATOGRAPHIC ATTACK ON FRENCH MARXISM



I will post hereby the intelligent mockery-song "Mao mao" — with Spanish subtitles and English lyrics — sung by Claude Channes.


This satirical song is from "La Chinoise" (Jean-Luc Godard, 1968), an implicit perceptive cinematographic attack on French Marxism and European Maoism!
Godard's movie implicitly attacks the political impotence, naiveté, party élitism and bourgeois romanticism of European Maoists, who focuse too much on the "form" of Capitalism, whilst neglecting analyses on the content of Commodity production: its political economy dynamics. 
The soundtrack lyrics say it all.
By the way, I advise you to watch the movie!


Considering La Chinoise's themes, you might be interested in:


What to do for the making of a Participatory Front and How to do that
[Get an updated free PDF version on my academia profile here: here]

Whomever wanna read my Postcapitalist Manifesto might conveniently click here!
Or here:


A very short introduction to the building of a Post-Capitalist economy
Davide Ferri

• Whomever doesn't give a fig about this song and wanna watch a cartoon may conveniently watch Karl Marx Vs Captain Capitalism
• Whomever wants to read about my stance on the Occupy Wall Street movement may conveniently read my article the political character of the Occupy Wall Street Movement
• Whomever wants to gain a greater knowledge about the problems of USSR-style Communism may conveniently read my articles on Marxism-Leninism and the political problems of mainstream "Marxism"
• Whomever wants to know in specific terms about the (minor) philological/epistemological and (major) politico-economic problems of Stagism, may conveniently read my article on the problems of Stagism and the question of Frontism
• Whomever is interested to know more about all these dynamics may conveniently read my article/pamphlet MARX'S LABOUR THEORY OF VALUE AND THE HUMBUG OF LIBERAL ACCOUNTANCY (Davide Ferri) 



LYRICS (ENGLISH)

"Vietnam burns and me I spurn Mao Mao
Johnson giggles and me I wiggle Mao Mao
Napalm runs and me I gun Mao Mao
Cities die and me I cry Mao Mao
Whores cry and me I sigh Mao Mao

The rice is mad and me a cad
It's the Little Red Book

That makes it all move

lmperialism lays down the law
Revolution is not a party
The A-bomb is a paper tiger
The masses are the real heroes


The Yanks kill and me I read Mao Mao
The jester is king and me I sing Mao Mao
The bombs go off and me I scoff Mao Mao
Girls run and me I follow Mao Mao
The Russians eat and me I dance Mao Mao
I denounce and I renounce Mao Mao
It's the Little Red Book

That makes it all move. " 

POST SCRIPTUM:
Whether Godard was supportive or not of Maoism in general (notice that, however, I specified French Marxism and "European" Maoism), it is not very relevant to the dialectica question. In fact, one might argue - not without reason - that the most historically productive interpretation of an artwork (I explain what it is in my paper "The Problems of Democratic Centralism and their Solutions) can potentially be antithetical to the interpretation intended by an author (in our case Godard).

Coming back to the movie in question, when the "revolutionary" girl e.g. is heavily criticised for her tactical naivety in the train, also bourgeois Leninist/Maoist groups of the likes of Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF) and Brigate Rosse (BR) receive a perceptive attack, straight to their raison d'etre. Similarly, "cultural" Marxism, which was a common trend in the French XX century reality, far from serious economic investigation - is perpetually (unintentionally or not) ridiculed throughout the movie, especially for its verbosity and bourgeois character.

Ultimately, the interpretation that matters is that which gets us closer to a dialectical change and not necessarily the interpretation wanted by an author (though Godard appears to be intelligently critical of the European leftist scenario)
For more information on the dialectical concept of interpretation, dialectical morality etcetera check my work "The Problems of Democratic Centralism and Their Solutions".

3 comments:

  1. 'I denounce and I renounce Mao Mao
    It's the Little Red Book

    That makes it all move. "

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  2. I guess Mr Marx is tossing and turning in his grave because of bourgeois romantics the likes of those French Maoists in La Chinoise. Ahahah

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  3. "This satirical song is from "La Chinoise" (Jean-Luc Godard, 1968), an implicit perceptive cinematographic attack on French Marxism and European Maoism! "
    So, What's Godard doing in this photo? http://www.google.com.br/imgres?um=1&hl=pt-BR&safe=off&sa=N&biw=1600&bih=799&tbm=isch&tbnid=_XAIATQmKwbrUM:&imgrefurl=http://kidsgotheart.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/godard-beauvoir-e-sarte-distribuem-um-jornal-maoista-depois-de-ter-sido-censurado-paris-1970/&docid=GbZq9ELQwovyGM&itg=1&imgurl=http://kidsgotheart.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/tumblr_m1fht5jzjs1qzdvhio1_500.jpg%253Fw%253D545&w=500&h=645&ei=qsy3UOShMJLh0AHsxICACw&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=475&sig=115481385764347469453&page=1&tbnh=151&tbnw=118&start=0&ndsp=32&ved=1t:429,r:7,s:0,i:90&tx=58&ty=70

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