This 5-CD set includes the complete soundtrack of the video series "Histoire(s) du cinema" (1988-1989), with Jean-Luc Godard's narration, the participation of Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Anne-Marie Miéville and the voices of André Malraux, Ezra Pound, Paul Celan, and Alfred Hitchcock. Godard's montage also incorporates the music of Paul Hindemith, Arvo Pärt, Ludwig van Beethoven, Giya Kancheli, Béla Bartók, Franz Schubert, Igor Stravinsky, Johann Sebastian Bach, John Coltrane, Leonard Cohen, Otis Redding, Dmitri Shostakovich, Anton Webern, Dino Saluzzi, David Darling, Ketil Bjørnstad and many more. Four extensive 3-language text books, with the entire transcript of the, an interview with Jean-Luc Godard by Jonathan Rosenbaum and more than 300 stills from "Histoire(s) du cinema" complete this edition. The choice of music incorporated by Jean-Luc Godard is a reflection of his continuing association with Manfred Eicher, ECM's founder and producer. "Manfred began our relationship", the filmmaker has noted, "by sending me music. And after listening, I wrote to him and asked him to send me more records. I had the feeling that we were more or less in the same territory: he with sounds, me with images. The music he was sending made us feel like making a film, and I began to imagine things due to that kind of music. In fact, some of the records brought me to a picture called Nouvelle Vague and later other ones
Often the sounds gave us the feeling of being orphaned from images, or exiled from a land of images
it was like hearing music from films which didn't exist."