Joy of Learning

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Joy of Learning
Joy of Learning FilmPoster.jpeg
The film's poster, bearing its French title.
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Written by Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Starring Juliet Berto
Jean-Pierre Léaud
Narrated by Jean-Luc Godard
Cinematography Germaine Cohen
Release date
28 June 1969
Running time
95 minutes
Country France
Language French

Joy of Learning (French: Le Gai savoir) is a 1969 film by Jean-Luc Godard.[1] The shooting started before the events of May 68 and was finished shortly afterwards. Coproduced by the O.R.T.F., the film was upon completion rejected by French national television, then released in the cinema where it was subsequently banned by the French government. The film was entered into the 19th Berlin International Film Festival.[2] The title is a reference to Nietzsche's The Gay Science.[3]


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.



  1. ^ "Joy of Learning". Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  2. ^ " Awards for Joy of Learning". Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  3. ^ Brody, Richard (2008). Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard. Metropolitan Books. ISBN 978-0-8050-6886-3. 

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