Films byTexts by Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard, 1980, 87’

“Indeed, work becomes the film’s operative theme, as Isabelle explains to her sister what’s entailed in prostitution with terseness and a matter-of-fact procedure one might expect to find in any office manual.

Jean-Luc Godard, 1988, 1998, 267’

“I think the best way to look at these programs is to enter into the image without a single name or reference in your head. The less you know, the better.”

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“I only started out in cinema when I was about thirty, and for me, my life or my thoughts have always been lagging behind cinema. Like, if it were a train, cinema would be the locomotive and politics and all that would be the last carriage. It is from For Ever Mozart and mostly Film socialisme onward that it started to be both at the same time. In my personal life as well, how my personal life has joined my cinematographic life.”

Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin, 1972, 95’

“Such, in its strange, timeless beauty, is the declaration of Godard’s film. ‘Everything’s all right’ is a statement whose creative force can be gauged by the fact that, in real life, it seems clear that everything is going to hell in a handbasket.

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Onder de brandende namiddagzon is hij getuige van een cryptische sleutelscène: Odysseus staat voor de camera van de zichtbare filmploeg, het zwaard in zijn rechterhand reikt tot de hemel.

Jean-Luc Godard, 1963, 102’

“When I think about it, Le mépris, seems to me, beyond its psychological study of a woman who despises her husband, the story of castaways of the Western world, survivors of the shipwreck of modernity who, like the heroes of Verne and Stevenson, one day reach a mysterious deserted island

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Abrupt, alsof de filmspoel op is, eindigen de films met de dood. Als levensverhalen eindigen ze samen met het leven, net zoals passieverhalen eindigen met de dood van de heilige. Maar de moderne heiligenlevens van Nana en Accattone zijn minder eenduidig.

Wat ontstaat is een verrassende verwantschap tussen het werk van twee regisseurs, de Italiaanse filmmaker die altijd poëet gebleven is en de Zwitserse Fransman die steeds verder de taal van cinema uiteenhaalt.

Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin, Anne-Marie Miéville, 1976, 53’

« En 1968. pour la frange la plus radicalisée – la plus gauchiste – des cinéastes, une chose est sûre : il faut apprendre à sortir de la salle de cinéma (de la cinéphilie, de l'obscurantisme) ou la brancher au moins sur quelque chose d'autre. Et pour apprendre, il faut aller à l'école.

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The underdeveloped country that does not have a strong or madly national art is to be pitied, because, without its art, it’s all the weaker (its brain can be colonized), and it’s here that the most dangerous extension of economic colonization can be found. In the specific case of cinema, I want to let my colleagues know that they should endure the criticism, the slander and the contempt without wavering, because I am absolutely convinced that Brazilian Cinema Novo is currently producing images and sounds that are what we can call modern cinema.