“Jean–Luc Godard, one of cinema’s most influential artists, has made significant contributions to the field of video. He began making films in the mid–1950s, and since 1974 he has been working with video technologies, employing techniques such as deconstruction, reassemblage, and collage to create a fresh aesthetic that is both resonant and intriguing. Godard overlaps music, sounds, and dialogue and establishes visual rhythms through juxtaposing slow takes and rapid cuts to create what he calls son image, that is, sound and image. In Puissance de la parole, explosive sequences from nature abut those consisting of passionate discussions by two couples. One pair argues in dialogue spoken by the lovers in the novel The Postman Always Rings Twice, by James Cain; the other couple quotes a tale by Edgar Allan Poe. Regardless of his chosen medium, Godard has always expressed a wide range of thematic interests—art, politics, history, television, communication, anxiety, sex, desire, music, and the history of the movies.” —MoMA
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
I question the accuracy of the film being 25 minutes long according to this page and on IMDB. I've just watched a version that was nearly 13 minutes and never felt it was cut down. The information may need to changed unless anyone can provide me with any information to suggest the opposite.