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 Post subject: Jean-Luc Godard
PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 7:36 pm 
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JEAN-LUC GODARD
(1930 - ), French

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"If influence on the development of world cinema is the criterion, then Jean-Luc Godard is certainly the most important filmmaker of the past thirty years; he is also one of the most problematic...As ex-Cahiers du Cinema critic and New Wave filmmaker, Godard was initially linked with Truffaut and Chabrol in a kind of revolutionary triumvirate; it is easy, in retrospect, to see that Godard was from the start the truly radical figure, the "revolution" of his colleagues operating purely on the aesthetic level and easily assimilable to the mainstream"
- The St. James Film Directors Encyclopedia

"Godard 's work poses fundamental questions about narrative. While his first films, such as Breathless and A Woman Is a Woman, have fairly straightforward plots, he gradually moved toward a more fragmentary, collage structure. A story is still apparent, but it is deflected into unpredictable paths. Godard juxtaposes staged scenes with documentary material (advertisements, comic strips, crowds passing in the street), often with little connection to the narrative. Far more than his New Wave contemporaries, Godard mixes conventions drawn from popular culture, such as detective novels or Hollywood movies, with references to philosophy or avant-garde art. The inconsistencies, digressions, and disunities of Godard's work make most New Wave films seem quite traditional by comparison."
- Film History: An Introduction

"To me style is just the outside of content, and content the inside of style, like the outside and the inside of the human body. Both go together, they can't be separated."
- Jean-Luc Godard


FILMOGRAPHY
1959 À bout de souffle (Breathless)
1961 Une femme est une femme (A Woman is a Woman)
1962 Les sept péchés capitaux (The Seven Deadly Sins) [sgmt. “La Paresse”]
1962 Vivre sa vie (My Life to Live)
1963 Le petit soldat (The Little Soldier)
1963 Ro.Go.Pa.G. (sgmt. “Il nuovo monde”)
1963 Les carabiniers (The Carabineers)
1963 Le mépris (Contempt)
1964 Bande à part (Band of Outsiders)
1964 Les plus belles escroqueries du monde (The World's Most Beautiful Swindlers) [sgmt. “Le grand escroc”]
1964 Une femme mariée (A Married Woman)
1965 Alphaville: Une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (Alphaville: A Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution)
1965 Paris vu par… (Six in Paris) [sgmt. “Montparnasse-Levallois”]
1965 Pierrot le fou (Crazy Pete)
1966 Masculin féminin (Masculine Feminine)
1966 Made in USA
1967 2 ou 3 choses que je sais d’elle (2 or 3 Things I Know About Her)
1967 Le plus vieux métier du monde (The Oldest Profession) [sgmt. “Anticipation, ou l’amour en l’an 2000"]
1967 La Chinoise (The Chinese)
1967 Week End
1968 Un film comme les autres (A Film Like All The Others) [w. Jean-Pierre Gorin]
1968 One Plus One
1969 Amore e rabbia (Love and Anger) [sgmt. “L’Amore”]
1969 Le gai savoir (Joy of Learning)
1970 Vladimir et Rosa (Vladimir and Rosa) [cr. Dziga Vertov Group]
1970 Pravda [cr. Dziga Vertov Group]
1970 British Sounds [cr. Dziga Vertov Group]
1970 Le vent d’est [cr. Dziga Vertov Group]
1971 Lotte in Italia [cr. Dziga Vertov Group]
1972 One P.M. (w. DA Pennebaker)
1972 Tout va bien (All's Well / Just Great) (w. Jean-Pierre Gorin)
1972 Letter to Jane (w. Jean-Pierre Gorin)
1975 Numero deux (Number Two)
1976 Ici et ailleurs (Here and Elsewhere)
1978 Comment ça va? (How Is It Going?)
1979 Sauve qui peut (la vie) (Every Man For Himself / Slow Motion)
1982 Passion
1983 Prénom Carmen (First Name: Carmen)
1985 Je vous salue, Marie (Hail Mary)
1985 Détective
1986 Soft and Hard (w. Anne-Marie Mieville)
1987 Aria (sgmt. “Armide”)
1987 King Lear
1987 Soigne ta droite (Keep Your Right Up)
1990 Nouvelle vague (New Wave)
1991 Allemagne 90 neuf zéro (Germany Year 90 Nine Zero)
1993 Hélas pour moi (Woe is Me)
1995 JLG/JLG – autoportrait de décembre (JLG/JLG – Self-Portrait in December)
1996 For Ever Mozart
1998 Histoire(s) du cinéma
2001 Éloge de l’amour (In Praise of Love) (2001)
2002 Ten Minutes Older: The Cello (sgmt. “Dans le noir du temps”)
2004 Notre musique (Our Music)
2010 Film Socialisme

Recommended First Watch: Breathless


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 Post subject: Re: Jean-Luc Godard
PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:58 pm 
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I keep forgetting he's still alive.


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 Post subject: Re: Jean-Luc Godard
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Idk about first watch for this guy. The kneejerk reaction is to say Breathless, but I remember when I watched A Woman Is a Woman I thought: "I really wish someone told me to start with this."


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 Post subject: Re: Jean-Luc Godard
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i might actually say Contempt, but the transition from going to a very englishy movie starting off with to his very French other work might be offputting. But for me when I was starting to watch Godard, Contempt was the easiest to watch.


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 Post subject: Re: Jean-Luc Godard
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Really? I found it pretty difficult. Actually, even A Woman is a Woman has that really jarring use of random music cutting in and out. Though I wonder if we should even value "ease" when talking about motherfucking Godard. For me the easiest to watch was Masculine Feminine (by far) but I wonder if that's because it was like the seventh Godard I'd seen. I think I may just go with Breathless though.


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 Post subject: Re: Jean-Luc Godard
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I think Contempt was just pretty to look at maybe that's why I had an easy time viewing it. You can even say Band of Outsiders too.

Actually fuck it just put Breathless


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 Post subject: Re: Jean-Luc Godard
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Yeah done.


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 Post subject: Re: Jean-Luc Godard
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1. Pierrot le Fou
2. Une femme est une femme
3. Contempt
4. Breathless
5. Weekend
6. Une femme marriée
7. Made in U.S.A.
8. Sympathy for the Devil
9. Alphaville


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 Post subject: Re: Jean-Luc Godard
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i'm curious if anybody has seen "the power of language", and if so, what were your impressions of it?


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 Post subject: Re: Jean-Luc Godard
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Haven't seen it but it's the only recent Godard film that interests me. I very much want to see it in 3D somehow. Apparently some person made a version of it that works with classic anaglyph 3d glasses but I don't know how to get hold of it.


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 Post subject: Re: Jean-Luc Godard
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If you mean his latest film, Goodbye to Language, I've seen it. In 3D. I like Godard a great deal and if you can dig late Godardian free-for-all cinematic anarchy, give it a whirl. But something tells me you don't like Godard very much. Is this true or am I way off?
3D is important for this film though. Not sure what I'd make of a 2D version. Probably wouldn't get it...


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 Post subject: Re: Jean-Luc Godard
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oh yes, that is the one i meant... i have only seen "a bout of souffle" and "alphaville", years ago, and neither inspired me to want to see more... however, i realize those are early works and he has likely evolved or matured since then, so i don't want to reject everything by him a priori... anyway, i haven't been able to find this movie in any bay area theaters so far.


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