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With Godard’s immersion in cinema, an audience of his films may be aware a donkey in say Film Socialisme is more than a donkey, it is Balthazar, it is his wife Wiazemsky, it is a period of his life with a change of film-making direction away from Bourgeois mainstream
Would we be mad to see cinema reflected in life as much as life in cinema? To think of a film each time we see a tree (Olmi) or a chimney (Ozu), or a meadow (Tarkovsky) or..
My own favourites
Pierrot le Fou
Vivre sa Vie
The Old Place
Origins of the 21st Century
David Thomson on Godard:
“his inescapable dialectic is in terms of cinema and his politics have arisen- disastrously i think- from cinema theory”
“his articles are addressed to himself rather than to readers”
“The very thing his films lack is emotion…..He is the first director, the first great director, who does not seem to be a human being. It was the discovery that he loved Karina more in moving images than in life that may have broken their marriage”
“..this was his need for classification, the unappeasable urge to cross-refer rather than to describe a thing itself. And these references are meaningless.”
“The focus of his films is the distance between camera and actors and between screen and audience”
“the new political awareness was as shy of reality as his liking for American movies had been insecurely rooted”
“..his admirers could not escape the pinched, cynical, and misogynist aura of Godard”
“He is the inaugurator of a new beauty that is the beginning of modern cinema- uncomposed but snapped”
“his is one of the great critical yet poetic minds in the medium”
“Godard wears dark glasses to hide from the world the fact that he’s in a permanent state of ocular masturbation, rubbing himself off against anything and everything on which his eye alights.”
A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.
Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty four times per second.
All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl
The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn’t.
I pity the French Cinema because it has no money. I pity the American Cinema because it has no ideas.
Beauty is composed of an eternal, invariable element whose quantity is extremely difficult to determine, and a relative element which might be, either by turns or all at once, period, fashion, moral, passion.
I don’t think you should feel about a film. You should feel about a woman, not a movie. You can’t kiss a movie.
One of the most striking signs of the decay of art is when we see its separate forms jumbled together.
I am a painter with letters. I want to restore everything, mix everything up and say everything.
The truth is that there is no terror untempered by some great moral idea.
To me style is just the outside of content, and content the inside of style, like the outside and the inside of the human body. Both go together, they can’t be separated.
Every edit is a lie.
There is no such thing as intellectual property.
Cinema is capitalism in its purest form. …There is only one solution, and that is to turn one’s back on the American cinema
We should thank Greece. It is the West that has a debt to Greece.
First there was Greek civilization. Then there was the Renaissance. Now we’re entering the Age of the Ass.