Looking for Godard
Posted 11 February 2004 - 07:16 PM
Posted 12 February 2004 - 08:50 AM
If I ever get to teach at a Christian university or grad school, I will make sure to teach a class solely using the Histoire(s) du cinema as a starting point. There is something extremely "christian" about Godard's thinking regarding film history and the role of film in culture. Maybe someone should write a book about that for someone like...Brazos Press.
Posted 08 July 2005 - 12:46 PM
Anyway, I have never seen a Godard film, and I'm thinking I should probably remedy that. OK, where to start? A quick glance at Netflix shows that these films are available:
A Woman Is a Woman
My Life to Live
Aria (one piece in the collection is by him)
Band of Outsiders
In Praise of Love
Keep Your Right Up!
Le Petit Soldat
Rolling Stones: Sympathy for the Devil (hmm...that's strange)
Tout Va Bien
And Pierrot Le Fou and Weekend can be saved, so maybe they'll be available soon?
I see that the folks behind the Top 1000 list at They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? love Breathless the most, followed closely by Contempt.
Should I start with those? Are they best for a newcomer? Do you have a favorite? Do tell.
Too bad M is gone for a month.
Posted 08 July 2005 - 01:01 PM
Posted 08 July 2005 - 01:05 PM
And Alphaville isn't all that bad! I actually thought it was pretty fun, being the SF nut I am.
Posted 08 July 2005 - 01:09 PM
Posted 08 July 2005 - 01:23 PM
Posted 08 July 2005 - 01:43 PM
*takes off for Netflix queue*
Posted 08 July 2005 - 02:04 PM
Posted 08 July 2005 - 11:35 PM
Looking for more... I've seen an early Godard short starting Belmondo that was good. Hopefully I'll make an effort to see Band of Outsiders soon.
Posted 25 July 2005 - 12:25 PM
Pretty fun film! Maybe "fun" is not the right word, but you know what I mean. The story kept me guessing the whole time, which made it feel fresh and alive (the jump cuts helped there, too). Also, there was so much natural beauty onscreen, from the inside of a diner to a trip up an escalator to shots of Paris at night. Quite lovely to watch. Really fun moment when Michel studied Bogart's picture.
Moving on to My Life to Live before too long....
Posted 25 July 2005 - 12:34 PM
Vivre sa vie references Dreyer's Joan of Arc film, so I wonder if you'd want to see that first? It's a short and beautiful reference and not one that requires any specific knowledge of Dreyer's film, but it might be more emotionally resonant if you've seen it. Just a thought.
Posted 25 July 2005 - 12:37 PM
The Netflix DVD sleeve actually mentioned Dreyer's film, and I thought to myself, "Hmm, maybe I should see that one first." Will do.
Posted 18 August 2005 - 12:38 PM
And you were right!
Caught My Life to Live last week. Loved it. Breathless was fun, but this one was more for me.
I enjoyed the structure of the film—how it was divided into 12 scenes. I don't think I'd seen this done anywhere else other than Scenes from a Marriage, though I'm sure there must be plenty of other examples of this style out there.
It was also interesting to note just what Godard chose to reveal or hide from us, like how he hid the faces of the two characters during the breakup scene at the beginning. Or how he sometimes hid Nana's face while she talked to Raoul, right before she went to work for him.
Anna Karina was sheer perfection as Nana: beautiful, tragic, and human. It was such a painful thing to watch her desperately try, for a while anyway, to hold onto at least some pretense of playfulness, even though any expectations she may have once had have slipped away:
Beautiful use of footage from The Passion of Joan of Arc here, too, as you pointed out, Doug. Only someone without a heart wouldn't feel for Nana during this scene:
(Obviously, I like uploading pics.)
And the ending. Oh. My. Word. Didn't see that coming! At all! And I'm not sure why because it seems like Godard provided quite a bit of foreshadowing. But still. That was a shocker. And it happened so quickly that it felt very real, almost like I was right there on that street as a witness. Of course, the documentary-like style added to that feeling.
Posted 20 August 2005 - 11:18 AM
Your comments make me want to revisit the entire film sometime soon...!