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Re: Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Postby punch_the_lion on Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:37 pm

Olive Films has released some interesting titles, though I've noticed reading some reviews that the transfers are questionable on some releases. They aren't quite in the same league as Criterion.
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Re: Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Postby sparky on Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:10 am

Gib Opi kein Opium, denn Opium bringt Opi um!
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Re: Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Postby dabrasha on Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:01 am

In college I read an article that talked about Godard's obsession with prostitution. Had no idea what that meant and hadn't seen any of his movies. But I thought that was cool, to have an obsession. About prostitution.

He made Vivre Sa Vie. He's the best.
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Re: Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Postby Dave//Eksvplot on Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:14 pm

I'm not a fan of Film Socialisme.

Histoire(s) du Cinéma is reasonably good though, so far (still working my way through it).
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Re: Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Postby Angus Jung on Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:30 pm

dabrasha wrote:I thought that was cool, to have an obsession. About prostitution.

Man are you gonna looooove William Vollmann.
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Re: Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Postby P.J. Craven on Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:33 am

Still not into it, not really, but Masculin Feminin is a stand out.
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Re: Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Postby Tommy Alpha on Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:07 am

My old workplace, Close-Up, revived the fantastic Vertigo magazine. Their inaugural issue at the helm was Goddard centred. I think some of you might be interested.
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Re: Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Postby punch_the_lion on Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:46 am

Love the way he filmed Bardot in Le Mepris. Not Crap for a handful of films. Plus, all the attractive women he worked with over the years.
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Re: Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Postby countwatula on Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:23 am

Torture. He just doesn't live on the same planet as me, I'm staring at my watch more than the film.
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Re: Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Postby Dave//Eksvplot on Fri Sep 13, 2013 6:35 am

Saw First Name Carmen recently (streaming version on Amazon but the transfer was pristine). I enjoyed it a lot for about the first forty-five, fifty minutes, but then it started to wear out its welcome a bit, and by the end I felt apathetic. It was worth seeing though.

Still need to pick up a copy of the recent Olive Films reissue of Numero Deux. Have heard good things about that one.

It sure would be nice if Criterion or Olive or somebody would reissue a DVD or blu-ray version of JLG/JLG since it remains the most compelling late-period Godard effort I've seen so far.

He's got a new joint, Goodbye to Language, coming out soon. Judging by the trailer it looks like a good chunk of it was shot with a consumer-grade HDV camera by the filmmaker himself.
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Re: Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Postby i am the smud on Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:17 am

Not for me. Watching his films I think would be an impossible endeavor if you didn't have some background in film theory. Even then, they're a chore. "Intellectual counterfeit money" is what Herzog dismissed Godard's films as. I think I agree.

I do like Breathless though.

Edit: That trailer for Goodbye to Language looks like a clever parody of a Godard film.
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Re: Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Postby P.J. Craven on Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:15 pm

For the most part, he's not built for me, but here's one of those neat Criterion lists:

Godard's Favorite Criterion Titles
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Re: Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Postby i am the smud on Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:13 pm

I have changed my mind on Godard.

2 or 3 Things I Know About Her is one of the bleakest films I think I have ever seen. My professor called it 'heartbroken', and I think I see her point. I saw it as Godard's symbols falling apart on him and a despairing look at a society indifferent to its own commodification, and the effects this has on the world at large. This is not just intellectual wheel spinning; I found it to be one of the most emotionally involving experiences I've had with a film in a long time.

I want to see more of his films now.
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Re: Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Postby gjp on Sun Nov 24, 2013 1:51 am

Really good films.

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Re: Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Postby Clyde on Tue Oct 28, 2014 4:10 pm

Has anyone seen Goodbye to Language? Supposedly dense by even Godard's standards yet somehow one of his most fun films. In 3D. Very curious to see it.
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Re: Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Postby Dave//Eksvplot on Tue Oct 28, 2014 4:54 pm

i am the smud wrote:That trailer for Goodbye to Language looks like a clever parody of a Godard film.


I know, right?

Haven't seen the new one, but he sort of lost me with Film Socialisme.

This probably sounds self-aggrandizing but I consider myself a minor expert at judging whether an "unconventional" film is "boring" in an interesting way or instead a poorly executed effort less than the sum of its parts. Have got room in my personal canon for a fair amount of movies that the "average viewer" might readily consider emperor's new clothes sort of fare, but some films clearly fall short of the mark and no amount of favorable write-ups can make up for what they fundamentally lack. To me Film Socialisme is one of those movies. As much as I love Godard at his best (including some of his late-period work) some of his movies veer too far into "winging it"/bullshit territory.

Curious enough about his new one, but probably won't be rushing out to see it.
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Re: Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Postby Clyde on Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:28 pm

Dave//Eksvplot wrote:

Haven't seen the new one, but he sort of lost me with Film Socialisme.

This probably sounds self-aggrandizing but I consider myself a minor expert at judging whether an "unconventional" film is "boring" in an interesting way or instead a poorly executed effort less than the sum of its parts. Have got room in my personal canon for a fair amount of movies that the "average viewer" might readily consider emperor's new clothes sort of fare, but some films clearly fall short of the mark and no amount of favorable write-ups can make up for what they fundamentally lack. To me Film Socialisme is one of those movies. As much as I love Godard at his best (including some of his late-period work) some of his movies veer too far into "winging it"/bullshit territory.

Curious enough about his new one, but probably won't be rushing out to see it.


Oh, I think you should rush out to see it. It's one of the few 3D films that has really taken advantage of the medium. There are two sequences that are like nothing else I've ever seen in any film. I'd say regardless of whether it seems otherwise ponderous (and I could see why one might feel this way-it's essentially a plotless collage full of quotations from Ellul, Solzhenitsyn and Derrida among several others), it's worth seeing just to experience it visually. It contains way more visual flair and ideas than hokum like Interstellar. I have not stopped thinking about this film since I've seen it

For the record, I didn't see Film Socialisme either; it looked like a real slog. I did, however see In Praise of Love and Notre Musique. I thought GTL was better than either of those, both of which I thought were good to great.
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Re: Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Postby sulfur)addict on Sun Nov 16, 2014 10:18 pm

He has some brilliant, fresh, inspiring films. Vivre sa vie, Bande a part, Two or Three Things I Know About Her, Breathless, I even love the stylistic leaps in Alphaville.

He also has some absolute garbage like Born in the USA, the absolute tanking of Pierrot le Fou after the amazing first half, and Contempt. GOD FUCK CONTEMPT.

Have yet to see Le Chinoise or Le Weekend or A Married Woman, but I'm not rushing it. Not even thinking of straying into his later work, unless someone convinces me he ever matured as a filmmaker.

He's Not Crap, of course. He'd be Not Crap if Breathless was his only decent venture into film.

The thing about Godard is you have to see him to understand where a lot of modern filmmakers find their inspiration. There are some directors whose best movie is basically just a Godard ripoff. It's a noxious influence, if I were being honest.
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Re: Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Postby Dave//Eksvplot on Mon Nov 17, 2014 2:00 pm

Clyde wrote:Oh, I think you should rush out to see it. It's one of the few 3D films that has really taken advantage of the medium. There are two sequences that are like nothing else I've ever seen in any film. I'd say regardless of whether it seems otherwise ponderous (and I could see why one might feel this way-it's essentially a plotless collage full of quotations from Ellul, Solzhenitsyn and Derrida among several others), it's worth seeing just to experience it visually. It contains way more visual flair and ideas than hokum like Interstellar. I have not stopped thinking about this film since I've seen it.


I know somebody else (also in NYC) who saw it recently and got a lot out of it. Am definitely interested in seeing it at some point, though my guard is still up a bit.
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Re: Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Postby NewDarkAge on Mon Nov 17, 2014 2:38 pm

Frustratingly French
So far up his own backside
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