Godard took a TF1 commission to create a TV movie for the “Série Noire” series based on James Hadley Chase’s 1964 novel The Soft Centre, and turned in this funny, melancholy video piece about a director (Jean-Pierre Léaud) and a producer (comic filmmaker Jean-Pierre Mocky) who are trying to make a movie out of the Chase novel (sort of) in the old style: on the run, with a low budget, and with an eye on sublimity.