I was hoping for something altogether different- more exploratory or investigative, I guess. Much of it seemed redundant, and the entire film appeared to have been put together with no real cohesion, just a myriad stream of consciousness. That being said, I did enjoy parts of it, particularly the detailing of the relationship between Truffaut, Godard, and Léaud. I hoped for more.
Not really an insightful film, nor is it really an analysis of the two artists. Watching this feels like a Middle School entry course to the French New Wave- fine. I wish it took a stance on the two directors (by that I mean I feel Godard started out a genius and became a God amongst us and Truffaut was too safe for his own good and only pretended to break the rules of cinema), but that film will never be seen...
I am quite fascinated with the relationship between Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut. I have read their exchange of letters when they drifted apart and it seems that there really is so much more behind their dispute. I would very much like to see this film, but I get the impression that the documentary does not go much deeper about their fall-out beyond that said letter exchange. So, is the film superficial?
Really disappointed. Felt like a student film essay come to life. Nothing new found here. Could have gone much deeper with both men, especially JLG, but chose to oddly cap off the whole film with a Jean-Pierre Leaud, who also deserved more credit, as the last lifeline of those two friends turned 'foes'. It gets a bit trivializing and consider the subject, and that is a really shocking failure of this documentary.
it was an interesting documentary, but going in already knowing some of the history of French New Wave, i feel like there was a little bit passed over, and though i understand that you can't include every little thing without developing them on their own, i would have liked to see at least a little bit on the influence that Jean-Pierre Meliville had on both Godard and the Nouvelle Vague. fun to watch, nonetheless.
The film explains a lot about the relationship between JLG and FT, without whom there would've been a very different and possibly less-influential New Wave movement. Both of them start through Cahiers du Cinema; eventually they both wearied of their connection to the new wave. As to the charges of T's "selling out," it's a quarrel that, 30 years after his death, means very little, both artists live on in their films