I used to have a hard time getting past the arrogant personality of the early 60s Godard, while still appreciating some of his films. After taking a very enlightening class covering not only his work, but also theoretical issues in aesthetics and politics that arise in and around them, I’ve more than come around. Not just the key filmmaker of modern cinema, but one of the most accomplished and important artists working in any medium. I still have many Godard films to see, and I’m sure some of these will fluctuate as I revisit films.
Take a look at the class blog Godard Montage for some interesting longer analyses of his work and these issues surrounding it.
Anthology films stand for just Godard’s contributions.
Also: Letter in Motion