Joy of Learning

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 is an adaptation of Emile, or On Education, Jean-Jacques Rousseau's treatise on education,[2] and its title is a reference to Nietzsche's The Gay Science.[3] The film was entered into the 19th Berlin International Film Festival.[4]

Joy of Learning
Joy of Learning FilmPoster.jpeg
The film's poster, bearing its French title.
Directed byJean-Luc Godard
Screenplay byJean-Luc Godard
Based onEmile, or On Education
by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
StarringJuliet Berto
Jean-Pierre Léaud
Narrated byJean-Luc Godard
CinematographyGermaine Cohen
Release date
28 June 1969
Running time
95 minutes


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. ^ Hoberman, J. (July 27, 2017). "A Godard Riff That Adapts Rousseau's Treatise on Education". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Brody, Richard (2008). Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard. Metropolitan Books. ISBN 978-0-8050-6886-3.
  4. ^ " Awards for Joy of Learning". Retrieved 2010-03-07.

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