Films byTexts by Jean-Luc Godard
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19.09.2018
Pierre Reverdy 1918
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The Image by the French surrealist writer Pierre Reverdy originally appeared in Nord-Sud, the literary magazine he founded in 1917 with Guillaume Apollinaire and Max Jacob. The text, quoted and recut, shows up like a refrain without reference in several of Jean-Luc Godard’s films. The crux of Reverdy’s piece is that the image, as a monolithical entity that can be isolated, doesn’t exist. “I’ve always said”, Godard said, “that images don’t exist in cinema. There is always an image before and an image after.”

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19.09.2018
Pierre Reverdy 1918
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L’image van de Franse surrealistische schrijver Pierre Reverdy verscheen origineel in Nord-Sud, het literaire tijdschrift dat hij in 1917 met Guillaume Apollinaire en Max Jacob had opgericht. Als een referentieloos refrein duikt de tekst geciteerd en herschikt op in verschillende films van Jean-Luc Godard. De crux van Reverdy’s stuk is dat hét beeld, als een monolithische en isoleerbare entiteit, niet bestaat. “Ik heb altijd gezegd”, zei Godard, “dat er geen beelden bestaan in cinema. Er is steeds een beeld voor en een beeld achter.”

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19.09.2018
Pierre Reverdy 1918
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L’image de l’écrivain surréaliste français Pierre Reverdy a paru pour la première fois dans Nord-Sud, la revue littéraire qu’il avait fondée en 1917 avec Guillaume Apollinaire et Max Jacob. Comme un refrain sans référence, le texte est cité et réarrangé dans plusieurs films de Jean-Luc Godard. Le coeur du texte de Reverdy réside dans l’idée que l’image, en tant qu’entité monolithique et isolable, n’existe pas. « J’ai toujours dit », dit Godard, « que, dans le cinéma, il n’y avait pas d’images. Il y a toujours une image avant et une image après. »

Conversation EN
25.07.2018

Wilfried Reichart shaped the WDR-Filmredaktion in various capacities, leading it from 1980 until 2004. Over the years, Reichart had several conversations with Jean-Luc Godard and grappled with his work in reviews, articles and essays again and again. Reichart: “Honestly, I have always been fascinated by this person. I like the constant rebeginning, the permanent calling into question, in order to then take another step. I find that incredibly exciting about him. This fundamental attitude. The principle of his thinking is always to say no. [...] That’s the difference between him and all the others. Rivette has always made the same films, Truffaut as well, and Rohmer very extremely so. They have all found their style and followed it through until the end of their lives. Godard is the only one who hasn’t done this.”

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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.

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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.”

Conversation EN
9.05.2018

“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.”

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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.

prisma NL
18.04.2018

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.

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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

ARTICLE NL
17.05.2017

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.

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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.

ARTICLE EN
19.01.2015

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.