Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard

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Macmillan, May 13, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 701 pages
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A landmark biography explores the crucial resonances among the life, work, and times of one of the most influential filmmakers of our age
When Jean-Luc Godard wed the ideals of filmmaking to the realities of autobiography and current events, he changed the nature of cinema. Unlike any earlier films, Godard's work shifts fluidly from fiction to documentary, from criticism to art. The man himself also projects shifting images--cultural hero, fierce loner, shrewd businessman. Hailed by filmmakers as a--if not the--key influence on cinema, Godard has entered the modern canon, a figure as mysterious as he is indispensable.
In Everything Is Cinema, critic Richard Brody has amassed hundreds of interviews to demystify the elusive director and his work. Paying as much attention to Godard's technical inventions as to the political forces of the postwar world, Brody traces an arc from the director's early critical writing, through his popular success with Breathless, to the grand vision of his later years. He vividly depicts Godard's wealthy conservative family, his fluid politics, and his tumultuous dealings with women and fellow New Wave filmmakers.
Everything Is Cinema confirms Godard's greatness and shows decisively that his films have left their mark on screens everywhere.
  

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User Review  - amschroe - LibraryThing

This is a really well-done book, I quite enjoyed it. My only qualms are that the author continuously refers to Godard as having anti-Semitic tendencies and also that almost all of his films were made ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bruce Foster - Goodreads

A fascinating read on an intensely focused filmmaker with a unique sence of the forces at play within the Frame. Read full review

Contents

one We do not think we are thought
1
two A matter of loving or dying
25
three Breathless
53
four Le Petit Soldat
81
Les Carabiniers
129
seven Contempt
157
eight Montparnasse et Levallois
175
nine A Married Woman
189
Know About Her
273
seventeen Restoration 19731977
365
et al 19781979
397
nineteen Sauve qui peut la vie
417
twentythree kinglear
491
twentyfour Histoires du cinéma Part 1
509
twentyseven Hélas pour moi JLGJLG Histoires
545
twentyeight For Ever Mozart Histoires
565

eleven Alphaville
223
twelve Pierrot le fou
237
thirteen Masculine Feminine
253
twentynine Eloge de lamour
585
thirty Notre Musique
609
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Richard Brody, a film critic and editor at The New Yorker, is also an independent filmmaker who lives in New York City. Everything Is Cinema is his first book.

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