Jean-Luc Godard's Keep Your Right Up is a film which borders on abstract, with very little concern for having a traditional narrative or plot. The film begins with a hapless filmmaker, known as 'The Idiot", who has been guaranteed financing for his new film if and only if he can meet the 24 hour delivery deadline. On his journey to meet his deadline he encounters a wide variety of characters and problems, with the film feeling more episodic in structure as it routinely engages in scenes and sequences that have little to no connection with one and other. Keep Your Right Up is a great example of a Godard film that is so overstuffed that it can feel a little tedious and muddled at times. The film's greatest attribute is the comedic side of the film, with Godard channeling the likes of Buster Keaton, Jerry Lewis, and Jacques Tati, in creating visual gags that are eccentric in only a way Godard could pull off. Struggling to comprehend much of what Godard is trying to say, Keep Your Right Up is a film that frequently perplexes the viewer, only giving the slightest glimmer into understanding what exactly Godard's intentions are. Much of his banter comes off more as pretentious than profound as I found myself wishing this would have been more of a straight-forward comedy with less babbling. This is a provocative film that should not be experienced by anyone who isn't already familiar with Jean-Luc Godard's style and while it has its moments, it's a tough film to actually sit through.
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