The films I have seen from one of my most admired film makers.
There is something to admire in all of these films, for me, even when the cohesive whole is not quite there.
Like most people, his first New Wave period is what works best for me. The creative energy and playfulness he had from 1960-1967 was never quite replicated in later parts of his career. My favourite films of this era are (in order of release) Breathless, A Woman Is A Woman, Vivre Sa Vie, Contempt, Band of Outsiders, Pierrot Le Fou, Alphaville, Masculine Femine. Soon following those, I greatly enjoy Une Femme Mariee, Made in U.S.A., 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her, Weekend. La Chinoise following those. Les Carabiniers and Le Petit Soldat are what I consider the only weak films during this era, and even those I moderately enjoy/appreciate.
First Name: Carmen and Hail Mary are my favourite of his middle career films. King Lear holds the distinction for the Godard film to have confounded me more than any other, and is thus far my least favourite film of his.
Histoire(s) du Cinema is one of his most fascinating works. It would take a lot of energy to try and watch it a second time, but I may be willing to do so at a later date.
Oh, Woe Is Me is oh so beautiful.
I very much like In Praise of Love, Notre Musique, Film Socialisme. Very challenging; on an aesthetic viewpoint alone, they are satisfying.Read less