Brecht’s influence over Godard is indisputable. They share the same values and intent of transforming their audience into self-thinking individuals with the ability to objectively analyze the portrayal of reality through different mediums. However, the path chosen by them differs. Brecht rallied against the Aristotlean plays staged for the sole benefit of the aristocrats and the bourgeoisie that advocated for catharsis, or a purging of emotions. Catharsis ensured that the audience would leave the theatre with a lighter heart, without giving a second thought to the socio-political subtext of the play, defeating its real purpose. He invented the Epic Theatre that bore no illusions for placating the audience. Instead, it forced them to focus on the themes and underlying subject matter of the drama by putting a distance between the play and the audience. Using the alienation effect, he ensured that the viewers would objectively see the bourgeois for what they were: Exploiters.
Godard, on the other hand, wanted his audience to be immersed in the narrative of his film, while consciously contemplating it. He experimented with various new techniques, like the use of 3D projections. This bridged the gap between modern sciences and artistic endeavors bringing them all together for a complex and layered experience which allowed for multiple interpretations. While the aim of both Brecht and Godard may have been to make the audience more reflective, their ideas to bring about that change were in stark contrast with one another.