400 Screens, 400 Blows is a weekly column that takes an in-depth look at the films playing below the radar, beneath the top ten, and on 400 screens or less.
Should you see Jean-Luc Godard's color, widescreen Made in U.S.A. (1 screen), which has recently been brought back from oblivion, restored and re-released by the great Rialto Pictures? Every film buff worth his salt knows that Godard re-wrote the rules of cinema and that he may be the most culturally and historically important filmmaker after D.W. Griffith, but what is he worth today? To be honest, he's worth everything. His films still provoke, and though some of the details of his arguments are stuck in the 1960s, the main thrust is still highly relevant. And no one has come along since that has accomplished anything close.