As it regards cinema, my education has been painfully autodidactic. I am a musician by trade and training. My film studies began in earnest while I was reading James Monaco's The New Wave (about the nouvelle vague). It was a book which I perhaps paid not more than a dollar for. As it begins with an investigation of Truffaut, I watched his movies while reading about them. Having watched most of his work, I next focused on Godard (who was the next director the author covered). I was blown away by how (to my way of thinking) the Godard films obliterated those of Truffaut. I was hooked. While going on to investigate in my own way the films of Chabrol, Rohmer, and Rivette, it didn't take long for me to come back to Jean-Luc in the form of Richard Brody's excellent biography Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard. It was through this book that I was informed of the more recent JLG films (since Monaco's book is quite old) and also through Brody's research that I first became acquainted in depth with specific influences on Godard...Hitchcock, Fuller, Hawks, Ray, Mankiewicz, Preminger, etc. I have since undertaken a study of Godard's influences while at the same time trying to get a grasp on the dynamic 100 years-or-so that make up cinema history.