Godard in Cahiers du Cinéma in the 50s: "Since Japanese films appeared on our screens after the war, an aesthetic dispute has ranged the admirers of Kurosawa (Rashomon, The Seven Samurai, The Idiot) against those of Mizoguchi. A dispute made even more furious by the fact that both directors have been frequent prizewinners at festivals. Our thanks are due to Jean-José Richer for having cut authoritatively across the debate: “This double distinction awarded in strict equality (to The Seven Samurai and Sansho Dayu [Sansho the Bailiff], Venice [Film Festival] 1954) is unwarranted… There can be no doubt that any comparison between Mizoguchi and Kurosawa turns irrefutably to the advantage of the former. Alone among the Japanese film-makers known to us, he goes beyond the seductive but minor stage of exoticism to a deeper level where one need no longer worry about false prestige”
I guess Godard would generally approve of my taste in films, and my politics- he likened Ugetsu Monogatari to The Odyssey, Don Quixote and Jude the Obscure put together- and i expect he will be much more familiar with other Japanese directors now.
I don’t think my filmic dreams have ever included Godard. I might praise him for the fox in Pierrot le Fou and commiserate with him on the loss of Anna Karina and his cinematic decline thereafter. And ask him to say howdy to Mizoguchi in that great cinema in the sky if he beats me to it.
the loss of Anna Karina and his cinematic decline thereafter.
Some of us don’t think he declined – to the contrary.
I’ve been agreeing with Robert an incredible amount lately given how different our philosophies on film are… Are you excited for Film Socialisme, Robert?!
I’m getting younger !!!
Film Socialisme: absolutely !
Or I’m getting older! Or it’s both and we’ll meet in the middle soon enough…
It’s really great. I can’t wait for the DVD to come out so I can rewatch it.
Oh please, Godard doesn’t give a shit about your taste in films, or anyone else’s.
JLG sharing my taste in films? Unlikely, unless he is into Debbie Does Dallas.
Jeez, I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about what the people I DO know think of my taste in film, much less what someone I DON’T know and likely will never meet thinks of my taste in film.
Don’t need it.
I can’t imagine that it would ever get to me or my taste in anything with him. Though having him say that Death Wish 3 is a lost classic of the late 1980s would be sweet.
If you meet Godard on the road kill him.
Waiting for Godard
Oh my Godard!
Wait, who’s he again? ;)
There is no way I could ever care.
Any appeal to authority is still an appeal to authority.
Godard is still only one man. And a man who has made a career out of quoting greater men than he.
I don’t think Godard would approve of my taste in Jews.
And a man who has made a career out of quoting greater men than he.
Who was it that said that? ;)
I did. Just now. :P
Wasn’t quoting as far as I know.
Though wouldn’t be surprised if it’s been said before.
Does JLG even watch new movies?
If you met God, would he approve of your taste in movies?
Is it more a matter of if or when?
I don’t know why I would give two shits. I would be interested in speaking with Hiroyuki Okiura though.
Meeting Resnais. Now that would be worthwhile.
I had a dream where I was in rolling in bed with Anna Karina and Marina Vlady, when Godard walked in… then I woke up, before I could find out whether he approved of my taste in women.
Ha ha ha ha
I had almost the exact same dream, except the actresses were Anne Ramsey and Cloris Leachman. And I think the director was Mel Brooks.
This thread is golden.
He’s too high-brow and in love with himself (which in his case is a virtue) to like a common man film’s taste; on the other hand, one of the men whole loved more men and women, ever. I mean the sheer amount of quotes he has on his films, it’s wondrous, really. I wish he would say “je te kiffe andré”. Maybe. I’d love to interview him, for sure…
Probably not. Doesn’t mater.
If I met Jean-Luc Godard, we would talk about F. Scott Fitzgerald, cigars, and what an airhead Dick Cavett was. Eventually we would talk about films we would like to see but haven’t seen yet. Like Gremlins 2.