Jean-Luc Godard: Interviews

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 203 pages
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Some thirty years ago filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard told critic Gene Youngblood, I am trying to change the world. He has pursued his revolution in works ranging from the explosive Breathless to the eloquent Contempt to the controversial Hail Mary and the postmodern Histoire(s) du cinéma, shaking up conventional formulas with boldly innovative ap-proaches to every aspect of cinema and video-including film criticism via provocative essays in Cahiers du Cinéma and interviews dating to the early years of his career.

This book presents a varied selection of his conversations with critics, scholars, and journalists, spanning the 1960s to the 1990s and illuminating key facets of his life, work, and ideas.

Topics include the seductiveness of cinema (Films are the only things by which to look inside of people, and that's why people are so fond of movies and why they'll never die); film as a blend of truth and beauty (I mix images and sounds like a scientist, I hope. The mystery of the scientific is the same as the mystery of the artist. So is the misery); and the personal realities of aging (Maybe it's that when you get old, in one way you feel younger and younger but still being old-young oldness, if I may say so, which is very. . .comforting).

As challenging and evocative as they are quirky and unpredictable, these interviews cast light on Godard's lifelong position as a proudly unclassifiable thinker who feels, as he said in 1980, that a language is obviously made to cross borders. I'm someone whose real country is language, and whose territory is movies.

David Sterritt is an associate professor of film at Long Island University and film critic of The Christian Science Monitor.

  

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Review: Jean-Luc Godard: Interviews (Conversations With Filmmakers Series)

User Review  - Li-Anne - Goodreads

Godard is prob my fav director, but somehow I can never get through reading these interview type books. Just not that interested in reading analyses that filmmakers are (often) forced to give to explain their films. I think films speak for themselves. Read full review

Review: Jean-Luc Godard: Interviews (Conversations With Filmmakers Series)

User Review  - Fenixbird SandS - Goodreads

Might be the thing to give to a budding movie director wannabe friend?! Filmmakers whose televised interviews I have enjoyed include: Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Woody Allen. Read full review

Contents

JeanLuc Godard and Vivre sa vie
3
Godard and the Revolution
50
The Urgent Whisper
69
A New Direction for the New Waves JeanLuc Godard
85
Bringing Godard Back Home
100
A Debate
107
A Conversation with JeanLuc Godard
128
Godard in His Fifth Period
167
Index
195
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About the author (1998)

Jean-Luc Godard, one of the founding fathers of the French New Wave, has been an influential force in film since his first feature-length film, "A Bout de Souffle ("Breathless). Today, his influence extends across such key contemporary film-makers as Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders, Steven Soderbergh and Quentin Tarantino.
Youssef Ishaghpour is Professor at University Rene Descartes, Paris V. His writings on cinema, painting, philosophy and literature have been widely translated.

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