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Jean-Luc Godard: S and D

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Just watched most of that interview...as elusive as some of his movies, so much fun.

The interviewer also asked him some really good questions.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 12 February 2012 13:40 (four years ago) Permalink

Dick Cavett?

Only the RONG Survive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 12 February 2012 14:10 (four years ago) Permalink

Dick Cavett had emcee duties this weekend at Lincoln Center, moderating Q&As with... Raquel Welch.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 12 February 2012 14:12 (four years ago) Permalink

Did you end up going?

Only the RONG Survive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 12 February 2012 15:50 (four years ago) Permalink


Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 12 February 2012 15:53 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah Cavett. Had a good go.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 13 February 2012 11:12 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Via www.dangerousminds.net:

1 A.M. (aka One American Movie) was shot in 1968, abandoned by Godard in 1969, and then later resurrected and re-edited by his collaborator on the film D.A. Pennebaker. Intercut with film footage of Godard at work on the film and re-named 1 P.M. (One Parallel Movie), it was finally released in 1972.

An abstract and maddening mash-up of cinéma vérité, documentary footage and goofy political theater, 1 P.M. is another attempt by a European director to wrap his head around America’s turbulent Sixties’ political scene and pretty much failing. Even with input from ace documentarian Pennebaker, the movie seems remote from its material. But despite many yawn-inducing moments of pretentiousness and arthouse vagueness, there are still plenty of interesting bits and pieces in the film to sustain one’s interest. Specifically, an interview with Eldridge Cleaver, a rambling but fascinating sequence involving Tom Hayden. Rip Torn’s absurd Native American routine and a Manhattan-rooftop performance by Jefferson Airplane of “House at Pooneil Corners,” which ends with the cops busting the band and film crew.

The whole thing here:


nickn, Thursday, 29 March 2012 03:36 (four years ago) Permalink

British Sounds

Some really good stuff here, as always - great tracking shot (echoes of Weekend) to start with and the final few minutes too (bleeding hand in the mud).

The always overlaid texts are rough going - this is a thing I want to get to read more about at some point - his distrust and nervousness around language and what it could unleash.

Overall the Vertov films seem worth spending some time w/. You always have to be alert w/JLG anyways, no more true here than in his proper ditribution films.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 31 March 2012 11:19 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

the title sounds like something a daily show correspondent would have to make up if godard somehow did something newsworthy

film socialisme was half p good half waste

nakhchivan, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 20:35 (four years ago) Permalink

so no subtitles at all maybe

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 20:41 (four years ago) Permalink

slow down JLG -- not seen Film Socialisme yet!

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 20:48 (four years ago) Permalink

ha i was wondering how wild bunch are a going concern after the commercial disaster of enter the void but it seems they financed that last pos that won all the oscars

nakhchivan, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 20:51 (four years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Is the main Godard thread? Doesn't seem to be a poll...Having seen Vivre sa vie three times now, and Breathless at least five or six (double-bill tonight), I can say unequivocally I prefer Vivre sa vie. The long bedroom scene in Breathless loses me every time, and while I know the jump-cutting changed film history, I otherwise don't find it all that interesting a film visually. Vivre sa vie is very beautiful: that refrain that plays over and over again, the perfectly timed fade-outs, the shots of Karina silhouetted against the window, the Jeanne d'Arc juxtaposition, etc. It seems to be less famous than a whole bunch of Godard films, but it's one of my two or three favourites of those that I've seen.

clemenza, Friday, 10 August 2012 03:09 (four years ago) Permalink

Just the other day I read the Spanish magazine with a 140 pages issue dedicated to Film Socialisme on that Dr Morbius link and my jaw is still on the floor. I have tried to watch that movie like three or four times since I dl'ed it with Navajo subtitles but have failed every time due to irritation (why can't I speak French like a cultured person right etc.) but you can tell there is something genuinely new and exciting going on there. Just one example from the mag, there is this French collective that took the job to figure out the main plot and wrote 20+ pages of hints and references, for starters ... I love the crazy footage on the cruise, what about the final section? Those images! This is some next level Autechre, Finnegan's Wake Impossible Art from the Future type stuff.

From Film Quarterly:
"In FS common knowledge has disappeared, everything is in code."

Notre Musique
In Praise of Love


wolves lacan, Friday, 10 August 2012 04:33 (four years ago) Permalink

i've been watching the d-v era films as i've been able to find them over the last couple years. oof that's some rough going.

big-mammed punisher (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Friday, 10 August 2012 04:48 (four years ago) Permalink

Breathless gets more of a write-up as it was the first JLG movie, but Vivre Sa Vie is easily better.

Love Here and Elsewhere which i think makes the d-v era G more than worthwhile.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 11 August 2012 09:50 (four years ago) Permalink

^^^ i love this film

judith, Saturday, 11 August 2012 10:04 (four years ago) Permalink

just rewatched JLG /JLG, among his very best from '75-00

Pangborn to be Wilde (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 11 August 2012 15:02 (four years ago) Permalink

Regretfully skipped 2 or 3 Things and Pierrot le fou last night (I've seen both)--just wasn't up to four in two nights.

clemenza, Saturday, 11 August 2012 15:14 (four years ago) Permalink

what's d-v era?

jed_, Saturday, 11 August 2012 16:07 (four years ago) Permalink

dziga vertov group

judith, Saturday, 11 August 2012 16:16 (four years ago) Permalink

^^AKA his films from '68-'73.

Jeremy Spencer Slid in Class Today (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 11 August 2012 16:23 (four years ago) Permalink


jed_, Saturday, 11 August 2012 16:28 (four years ago) Permalink

I like tout va bien a lot, that's d-v era, no?

vincent black shadow giallo (Edward III), Sunday, 12 August 2012 17:31 (four years ago) Permalink

In the middle of watching Histoire(s) du Cinema.... I pity any neophyte who sees this in the S&S 50 and leaps in.

Pangborn to be Wilde (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 12 August 2012 17:46 (four years ago) Permalink

Tout va Bien is considered to be d-v, iirc

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 12 August 2012 22:47 (four years ago) Permalink

^^It and the follow-up Letter To Jane were the final official D-V projects. One of their unfinished projects (a film about the PLO) was revived and released as Ici et Ailleurs (Here and Elsewhere) in '76.

Jeremy Spencer Slid in Class Today (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 12 August 2012 22:57 (four years ago) Permalink

netflix instant has 'film socialisme'

this is sort of captivating but i'm only a little ways in - there are only bits of english subtitles on this version? they are accurate as far as the main things that people are saying, i just can't tell if it's totally incomprehensible if you don't have the larger context

"meow! that's what ancient egyptians called their cats"

seriously, THIS GUY (daria-g), Monday, 13 August 2012 01:11 (four years ago) Permalink

The comment above about FS being half tripe is otm. as a piece I probably "enjoyed" Notre musique a little more.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 August 2012 01:15 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah i've never really enjoyed "breathless" but "pierrot le fou" is probably in my all-time top 10, not

the late great, Monday, 13 August 2012 01:17 (four years ago) Permalink

that "not" should not be there

the late great, Monday, 13 August 2012 01:18 (four years ago) Permalink

'pierrot le fou' is the greatest

seriously, THIS GUY (daria-g), Monday, 13 August 2012 01:22 (four years ago) Permalink

contempt is the one i love

buzza, Monday, 13 August 2012 01:25 (four years ago) Permalink

i haven't seen contempt in forever

would like to see a bertolucci vs godard t/s

the late great, Monday, 13 August 2012 01:26 (four years ago) Permalink

well actually maybe more just "the conformist" vs "pierrot le fou"

the late great, Monday, 13 August 2012 01:27 (four years ago) Permalink

Belmondo sooooo hot in PLF.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 August 2012 01:27 (four years ago) Permalink

they're the all-time hot couple imo

the late great, Monday, 13 August 2012 01:29 (four years ago) Permalink

also in 'une femme est une femme' <3

seriously, THIS GUY (daria-g), Monday, 13 August 2012 01:30 (four years ago) Permalink

While we're crushing: Juliet Berto, Maoist of my dreams

Jeremy Spencer Slid in Class Today (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 13 August 2012 01:55 (four years ago) Permalink

Also want to note the PLF scissors bit homage in Moonrise Kingdom.

Jeremy Spencer Slid in Class Today (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 13 August 2012 02:01 (four years ago) Permalink

After viewing the 2010 Criterion reissue of My Life to Live I'm prepared to place it in his top three. I haven't seen the thing since a scratchy PBS showing in '95.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 14 August 2012 22:04 (four years ago) Permalink

Like everything of Godard's I go back to these days, Week End made much more sense to me tonight than when I used to struggle with it. Don't know if I'd ever prefer it to Band of Outsiders of Masculin Feminin, but as great as the earlier films are, I'd still say he's a half-step behind Dylan and the Beatles and pop music in general. (A half-step behind in what? I'd try to explain, but I'll ramble.) Week End, though, is amazingly all over all the bad stuff that's about to happen. The last 20 minutes especially felt like you were inside the Spahn Ranch or something.

clemenza, Friday, 17 August 2012 04:06 (four years ago) Permalink

Coming out in Blu-Ray via Criterion, and I'm stoked for it. Only seen it once, and that was a decade ago.

Legendary General Cypher Raige (Gukbe), Friday, 17 August 2012 04:09 (four years ago) Permalink

Juliet Berto, gorgeous as always, even in blood-spattered revolutionary garb.

clemenza, Friday, 17 August 2012 04:17 (four years ago) Permalink

Could've done without the pig's slaughter in Weekend while still agreeing it is a special document of the time.

Loo Reading (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 17 August 2012 04:25 (four years ago) Permalink

I had no idea Juliet Berto died in 1990 at the age of 40. Bummer.

Legendary General Cypher Raige (Gukbe), Friday, 17 August 2012 04:27 (four years ago) Permalink

Some Cahiers lists from Godard:


clemenza, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 02:05 (four years ago) Permalink

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