Like ‘A Few Remarks on the Direction and Production of the Film Sauve qui peut (la vie)’ and ‘Scénario du film Passion’ before it, ‘Small Notes Regarding the Film Je vous salue, Marie’ is a fascinating piece of pre-production from the filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard.
Presented in the form of a short video essay, ‘Small Notes Regarding the Film Je vous salue, Marie’ documents Godard’s conception of his project, as he assembles relevant sounds and images and directs small sequences of dialogue with his actors in the hope of securing funding for what would eventually become his most controversial feature, ‘Hail Mary’, released in 1986. —BFI
The lynchpin of the French New Wave, Jean-Luc Godard was arguably the most influential filmmaker of the postwar era. Beginning with his groundbreaking 1959 feature debut A Bout de Souffle, Godard revolutionized the motion picture form, freeing the medium from the shackles of its long-accepted cinematic language by rewriting the rules of narrative, continuity, sound, and camera work. Later in his career, he also challenged the common means of feature production, distribution, and exhibition, all in an effort to subvert the conventions of the Hollywood formula to create a new kind of film.
Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children. After receiving his primary education in Nyon, Switzerland – during World War II, he became a naturalized Swiss citizen – he studied ethnology at the Sorbonne, but spent the vast majority of his days at the Cine-Club du Quartier Latin, where he first met fellow film fanatics Francois Truffaut and Jacques Rivette. In May… read more