on 6 December 2013
This book is informative, well written and has very good passages of analysis on films like 'Breathless', 'Contempt' and 'In Praise of Love'. Colin McCabe brings his extensive knowledge and understanding of literary theory to Godard's works which makes for intriguing and thought-provoking reading. Also, his recollections of being on the set during the shooting of 'Sauve Qui Peut (La Vie)' are genuinely valuable.
I suspect the other reviewer fancies himself as a sort of amateur JLG, what with his fatuous attempt to approximate Godard's elliptical, occasionally obtuse writing style and childish tendency for absolute dismissal. It's actually quite a good book, and deserves far more than one star on an Amazon review page. I'd advise you to take a chance on this, because I think you'll be rewarded.
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on 26 July 2012
Is it the new hardbound copy of the book that gives me the feeling of reading some polished crap, or is McCabe's simply written in the style of the ultimate of academic career crowning, viz an important man's semi-critical biography?
How much is really relevant of Godard's Swiss-French, ultra-bourgeois, ultra-religious and ultra-rich family background? Very probably all, but not to that celebratory detail and length, as it proves nothing, really.
Chapter make-up and filmography are not the problem. The problem is content - life around films, or films around life? Whatever we get is neither, and Godard does not really emerge from it all.
Take and compare Godard's Le mépris and Masculin féminin passages. The former a long and decorated story, garnished with Brigitte Bardot and other relish, the latter a couple of friendly statements, hardly any analysis.
Very uneven lengths (Brody is better), very uneven density (Dixon is better).
fbuk 51 - McCabe-Godard (2005) - 26/7/2012