Godard On Godard Paperback – 1 Mar 1986
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From the Back Cover
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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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.
I'm in love with this book as should anyone who loves film history, is a cineaste or cinephile. Highly recommended!
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 .