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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: DaCapo Press; New Ed edition (1 Mar. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306802597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306802591
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jean-Luc Godard, like many of his European contemporaries, came to film-making through film criticism. This collection of essays and interviews, ranging from his early efforts for La Gazette du Cinema to his later writings for Cahiers du Cinema, reflects his dazzling intelligence, biting wit, maddening judgments, and complete unpredictability. This book offers evidence that he may be even more original as a thinker about film than as a director. Here is an outrageous self-portrait by a director who, even now, continues to amaze and bedevil, and to chart new directions for cinema and for critical thought about its history.

About the Author

Jean-Luc Godard, one of the founding fathers of the French New Wave, has been an influential force in film since his first feature-length film, "A Bout de Souffle ("Breathless). Today, his influence extends across such key contemporary film-makers as Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders, Steven Soderbergh and Quentin Tarantino.
Youssef Ishaghpour is Professor at University Rene Descartes, Paris V. His writings on cinema, painting, philosophy and literature have been widely translated.


Frank Blackaby was Deputy Director of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research, London and Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
Tom Milne is Researcher at Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, London.


Annette Michelson is Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University.


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By DM on 30 April 2014
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This collection of Godard's informative and thoughtful reviews from Cinema du Cahiers also comes with many interviews with Godard on his work. Small print makes this far more detailed than you'd expect from a paperback. Highly recommended.
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By R de Bulat TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 May 2008
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This is an interesting book, but not exactly a cover to cover read. For anyone interested in cinema and in Godard himself it is a valuable insight into his ideas, views on film, often surprising, and his absolute confidence. From this point of view it is a good book, providing good criticism on many of the films we revere today and much that has been forgotten but requires a second look: I know it has inspired me to search out some films that I would not have considered or heard of but for this book. I should say that this is required reading for the film or media student and for anyone who is really into film and likes the works of Jean Luc Godard. 4 stars because it is a book to dip into rather than sit down and read, but it will be 5 stars to Godard fans.
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"Weekend (best pre-packaged volition)." -Premature Positivity
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HASH(0x864490fc) out of 5 stars Godard and Films 31 Jan. 2000
By DCromwell - Published on Amazon.com
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I've just read the book and though it dragged at some points because I wasn't familiar with a couple of the films he was talking about it, the overall experience was uplifting. If you have the slightest interest in Godard and the New Wave read the book and get inside a New Wave director's head and see how he looks at films. The book contains a number of his Cahiers du Cinema reviews and articles, and some interviews he gave later in life. By the end of the book you finally begin to understand a little of how this genius thinks.
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By Shone Yang - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally, from this book, I begin to know deeper on Godard's ideas and films. He's a great man and this is a great book.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8644942c) out of 5 stars Not as good as I expected or hoped it would be. 1 April 2014
By Andreas B. - Published on Amazon.com
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I have studied cinema and film theory, and therefore seen all of his films including the films he made with Jean-Pierre Gorin a.k.a Dziga Vertov Group, ... and must admit, that if one wants to understand and find out more about Godard, one better watch his films. The book's first half is a tedious read, painful at times due to the fact that Godard is a critic of the kind he will later on in his career loath, --namely the kind that is unkind and destructive in its criticism. Not that the films he criticizes are good, but having read books by filmmakers such as Antonioni, Tarkovsky, Buñuel, Wenders, Rossellini, Dovzhenko, ... even the beautiful book Ruiz wrote: vol. 1 (whose films are not exactly amongst my favorites), I have to say I am quite disappointed with what I think could have been much better and positive.
Admittedly, there are few highlights in the book, Godard's writing on montage and three interviews: 1) Renoir, 2) Rossellini and 3) Godard himself among them, and perhaps the last third of the book ... but the rest is not really worth the struggle. Watch his films, and read some good film theory, and you will be enriched way beyond this book. If you want to get a feel for the Nouvelle Vague, start with the "anthology" books of the Cahiers, by editors such as Jim Hillier or David Wilson.
HASH(0x86449954) out of 5 stars For the burgeoning cinephile 9 Sept. 2013
By Sylvia Adams - Published on Amazon.com
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This book came on time and in excellent condition. Highly recommend buying from this vendor again. Beautiful images of cinema history and all told through the film genius, the one and only==inimitable Jean Luc Godard. You get a taste of all the vast films that influenced and helped colored his own extensive oeuvre. His history as a journalist strongly influenced his success as a filmmaker and really the Nouvelle Vague (The French New Wave) movement.

I'm in love with this book as should anyone who loves film history, is a cineaste or cinephile. Highly recommended!
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x86449210) out of 5 stars Interesting and arresting articles ! 20 Dec. 2004
By Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela - Published on Amazon.com
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Godard displays all his unimaginable masterful in this set of reviews originally written for Les Cahiers du Cinema in the far Fifties .

The charm , of this enfant terrible is present all alnog the text .

The reviews about Orosn Welles , Ingmar Bergman , Francois Truffaut , Mizoguchi and his favorite western Seven men from now of Budd Boeticher (I have not watched it) are specially revealing .

Acquire this book , because despite the fact you may argue these reviews are dated , constitute - and who denies? - a crucial period in the cinema story .
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