“I’m going to have a baby, and I’ve slept with no man.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Response to Peary’s Review:
He argues that “Godard shows his growing lack of concern for acting”, and what’s worse, “he doesn’t bother to develop his characters sufficiently so we can understand their feelings about their unique circumstances.” Along with Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Hail Mary is likely to be remembered more for the controversy it engendered among religious groups than any intrinsic values it possesses as a drama. Peary does, however, provide an interesting analytical spin on the story, suggesting that Godard meant for us to view all births — not just that of Mary’s baby — as mysterious and “extra-terrestrial”. I’m not sure I agree with this assessment, but it’s certainly a provocative take on the enduring Christian mythos of immaculate conception. If you rent the DVD, be sure to check out “The Book of Mary”, a short coming-of-age film included as an extra.