Charlotte returns to visit her ex-boyfriend Jean, who lives in a small room in Paris. Before she can say a word, Jean launches into a rambling tirade, alternately lambasting her for walking out on him and then saying he cannot live with her. All that Charlotte can do is wait, pull faces and giggle, until she can deliver the final put down Jean deserves. —Films De France
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
« Ce qu’il y a de plus important, messieurs, mesdames, ce n’est pas l’amour, ce n’est pas la guerre, ce n’est pas l’argent, ce n’est pas le bonheur, ce n’est pas les femmes. Non, ce qu’il y a de plus important c’est la nuance. Oui ma petite chatte, le jour où tu comprendras ça, il fera chaud. »