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Jean-Luc Godard

Features

Tuesday, April 2 2013

Portraits of Love and Death: Godard’s Nostalgic Cinema in 'Le Mépris'

A half century later Godard's Contempt still captivates audiences. Contempt is not as simplistic as it may appear; it is not a mere telling of rejection but of absolute dissolution, of modernized romance and the failings of modernity.


Sunday, January 22 2012

The 40 Best Films of 2011

2011 was a year of good, not necessarily great, films, though the amazing choices by our staff might argue against such a overall cinematic classification.


Thursday, May 12 2011

Godard’s Invisible Cinema: The Neglected Genius of Late-Period Godard

By ignoring or outright dismissing Jean-Luc Godard's post-New Wave work, we’re denying the cinema the opportunity for advancement that he alone can provide.


Columns

Thursday, December 6 2012

Are You in a Film or in Reality? Jean-Luc Godard's 'Weekend' Will Have You Wondering

Criterion's splendid edition of Weekend gives insight into the mind of visionary director Jean-Luc Godard, who aimed at nothing less than challenging the dominant social and cinematic paradigms of his time.


Reviews

Wednesday, April 16 2014

Boundaries Are All Fictions in Godard's "Breathless"

Even now, after countless reviews and essays, it's easy to be captivated by the way Godard obfuscates our expectations for cinematic art.


Monday, February 3 2014

'Hail Mary' and 'For Ever Mozart', for Better or Worse

Both Hail Mary and For Ever Mozart present us with Godard at the peak of his powers as a provocateur and a master of the medium.


Wednesday, June 26 2013

Effortlessly Cool and Youthful: 'Band of Outsiders'

While Band of Outsiders is less frequently canonized than certain of Godard's other works, it can still rightfully be read as a touchstone in the development of film form and cinema history.


Tuesday, September 28 2010

'Breathless': A Long Leap Into the Darkness

What could seem like a lugubrious mix of themes best reserved for a dour class on existentialism is, in Godard’s masterful hands, a jazzed up mix of bratty and obnoxiously funny stylishness, a long leap into the dark with a few mid-air dance steps along the way.


Sunday, April 18 2010

Vivre Sa Vie / My Life to Live

This film seeks redemption among the ruins, yet every moment of existential transcendence comes crashing back into a flat screen, an immobile camera, and, ultimately, a lifeless body.


Blogs

Wednesday, June 15 2011

ReFramed No. 3: Jean-Luc Godard - The Lost Later Years (1990-2011)

In this final installment in ReFramed's dissection of Godard, Cronk and Marsh consider age, attitude, and the angst of misplaced elitism.


Wednesday, May 18 2011

ReFramed No.1: Jean-Luc Godard - The Political Years (1968 - 1979)

In this introductory entry in a continuing reevaluation of cinema's standard bearers, film fans Jordan Cronk and Calum Marsh dissect mid-period Godard, giving the French experimentalist and agent provocateur a long deserved defense of his post-'60s output.


Monday, August 30 2010

Why Godard Leaves Me Breathless (In a Good Way)

Godard’s inaugural masterpiece, in spite of its canonical status, is still as vibrant on the screen today as it was fifty years ago


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