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Photo of Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard

“A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end... but not necessarily in that order. ”

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    FIRST NAME: CARMEN

    JEAN-LUC GODARD France, 1983

    Godard stars as an eccentric filmmaker in this fragmentary love poem from his 1980s period. Loosely based on Bizet’s opera, First Name: Carmen reinvents cinema into elliptical broken rhythms and passages of poetry to renew one of the oldest of tales: that of two lovers on the run.

    A MARRIED WOMAN

    JEAN-LUC GODARD France, 1964

    Vigorously interrogating the commodification of femininity in consumerist culture, Jean-Luc Godard’s provocative masterwork is as stylistically adventurous as it is affecting. Far from a scintillating arrangement, adulterous love affairs are yet another symptom of bourgeois ennui and listlessness.

    HAIL MARY

    JEAN-LUC GODARD Switzerland, 1985

    Godard’s ‘60s films are legend, but his career went far beyond the French New Wave. Roundly condemned by the Vatican for its risky retelling of the Virgin Mary’s story, this is a highlight of his underrated ‘80s period, as cinema’s great experimenter refused to soften his provocative edge.

    DÉTECTIVE

    JEAN-LUC GODARD France, 1985

    A film from Godard’s 1980s period of reinvention, Détective has images as beautiful as paintings and cleverly fragments shards of movie conventions to forge new critiques. Promising his producers a genre film, they instead got a caustically funny remix of all possible hotel movie mysteries.

    OH, WOE IS ME

    JEAN-LUC GODARD France, 1993

    Here’s another post-New Wave favorite, and one of Godard’s most philosophically inspired works. Marking his only collaboration with Gérard Depardieu, Oh, Woe Is Me fractures Greek myth and the detective tale to question love and spirit in a fallen world. Legends clash and a strange new film is born.

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