Jean-Luc Godard

  • Frédéric Choffat & Vincent Lowy – Marcel Ophüls et Jean-Luc Godard, La rencontre de St-Gervais AKA Marcel Ophüls and Jean-Luc Godard (2011)

    In 2009, in a small theater in Geneva, Switzerland, the film directors Marcel Ophuls and Jean-Luc Godard met for an unusual, surprisngly intimate and sometimes contentious dialogue with each other in front of a live audience. Luckily for us, it was filmedRead More »

  • Jean-Luc Godard – Scénario du film ‘Passion’ (1982)

    In scenario du film Passion, Godard constructs a lyrical study of the cinematic and creative process by deconstructing the story of His 1982 film Passion. “I did not want to write the script,” he states, “I wanted to see it.” Positioning himself in a video editing suite in front of a white film screen that evokes for him the “famous blank page of Mallarme” Godard uses video as a sketchbook with Which to reconceive the film. The result is a philosophical, often humorous rumination on the desire and labor that inform the conceptual and image making process of the cinema. directly quoting from and Further elaborating on the process and content of the earlier film – Which is itself about labor and creativity – Godard’s scenario is both rigorously theoretical and intensely personal.Read More »

  • Elisabeth Quin – Jean-Luc Godard – Interview avril 2019 (2019)

    Director Jean-Luc Godard died on Tuesday September 13 at the age of 91. In April 2019, Elisabeth Quin traveled to Switzerland to speak with the filmmaker on the occasion of the release of his film “Le Livre d’image”. (Re)discover the most illustrious Franco-Swiss artist.
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  • Jean-Luc Godard – Faut pas rêver AKA Dream On (1977)

    As a model, one can see working the essential virtues of the Godardian question in a relatively unknown work from 1978 [recte 1976]—a two-minute video clip for a popular song by Patrick Juvet, Faut Pas Rêver.

    As is the case with all the brief forms invented by Godard, this little opus is not in the least a minor work. It is made up of two shots: first, a medium fixed shot of a little girl who is eating an apple for her afternoon snack after coming home from school; she is responding to her mother, whom we don’t see (the voice of Anne-Marie Miéville is recognisable) and who asks her about her day, while the little girl watches, distractedly, a television set that is supposedly broadcasting the song of Patrick Juvet (whom we don’t see either) In this everyday dialogue, we find the emergence of a fundamental critical question that, in the mid-1970s, must have been perceived as quite violent (at that time we were right in the middle of the Giscardian regime, and it would take seven more years for the left to come to power).Read More »

  • Jean-Luc Godard – Prénom Carmen AKA First Name: Carmen (1983)

    PLOT: The protagonist is Carmen X (Maruschka Detmers), a female member of a terrorist gang. She asks her uncle Jean, a washed-up film director (played by Jean-Luc Godard himself) if she can borrow his beachside house to make a film with some friends, but they are in fact planning to rob a bank. During the robbery she falls in love with a security guard. The film intercuts between Carmen’s escape with the guard, her uncle’s attempt to make a comeback film, and a string quartet attempting to perform Beethoven.Read More »

  • Jean-Luc Godard – Schick After Shave (1971)

    Godard & Gorin, according to the profitable contract signed with the publicity agency Dupuy Compton, from which they had a salary, were forced to propose one project per month and deliver at least one advertisement film per year. For Schick, they got the budget to pay the hole crew for a week, even though the shooting only took half a working day.
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  • Alain Fleischer – Morceaux de conversations avec Jean-Luc Godard AKA Fragments of Conversations with Jean-Luc Godard (2007)

    In his meetings with various different people, Jean-Luc Godard develops his thinking about history, politics, the cinema, images and time, and this will lead to his exhibition as an artist at the Pompidou Centre. Jean-Luc Godard’s conversations with Dominique Païni, Jean Narboni, André S. Labarthe, Jean-Marie Straub, Danielle Huillet and Christophe Kantcheff were filmed at his home in Rolle, in his study, at the Fresnoy National Studio for the Contemporary Arts (in front of students) and in the exhibition rooms of the Pompidou Centre.Read More »

  • Jean-Luc Godard & Anne-Marie Miéville – Comment ça va? AKA How Is It Going (1976) (HD)

    A film about politics and the media, in which two workers in a newspaper plant attempt to make a film.Read More »

  • Jean-Luc Godard & Anne-Marie Miéville – France/tour/détour/deux/enfants (1977)

    In this astonishing twelve-part project for and about television — the title of which refers to a 19th-century French primer Le tour de la France par deux enfants — Godard and Mieville take a detour through the everyday lives of two children in contemporary France.

    This complex, intimately scaled study of the effect of television on the French family is constructed around Godard’s interviews with a school girl and school boy, Camille and Arnaud. Godard’s provocative questions to the children range from the philosophical (Do you think you have an existence?) to the social (What does revolution mean to you?). The programs’ symmetrical structure alternates between Camille’s and Arnaud’s segments (or movements), each of which is labelled with on-screen titles: Obscur/Chimie is paired with Lumiere/Physique; Realitie/Logique with Reve/Morale; Violence/Grammaire with Desordre/Calcul.Read More »

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