Jean-Luc Godard: S/D

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Seeing as I refuse to participate in ILE film discussions, I figured I'd just steal the thread idea.

S: "Weekend", "Masculine-Feminine", "My Life to Live", "Pierrot Le Fou", "Two or Three Things I Know About Her", "Contempt", "Numero Deux",

Meh: "Breathless", "Les Carabiniers", "A Woman Is A Woman", "Hail Mary"

D: "First Name: Carmen", "In Praise of Love"

Godard's later works sound really good in synopsis form, but in the actual delivery, they fail for me.

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Wednesday, 26 January 2005 17:53 (seventeen years ago) link

d: alphaville. shit put me promptly to SLEEP.

joseph (joseph), Wednesday, 26 January 2005 18:09 (seventeen years ago) link


mayahee, mayahoo, mayaha, mayahaha (deangulberry), Wednesday, 26 January 2005 19:12 (seventeen years ago) link

i just finished watching two or three things etc etc. file under "meh"

joseph (joseph), Wednesday, 26 January 2005 19:57 (seventeen years ago) link

(and just so i'm not a negative nancy: i liked weekend, contempt, band of outsiders, a woman is a woman, and la chinoise)

joseph (joseph), Wednesday, 26 January 2005 19:58 (seventeen years ago) link

Forgot about Alphaville--put that in the "search" column for me. It's the only kind of sci-fi i can stand!

"Band of Outsiders" is a meh for me. I still have yet to see "la chinoise" because joseph refuses to steal it for me from the library....

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Wednesday, 26 January 2005 22:00 (seventeen years ago) link

one year passes...
Retrospective of complete works!

Jeff LeVine (Jeff LeVine), Thursday, 20 April 2006 17:30 (sixteen years ago) link

Takes something like that to remind me that for as many as I've seen, there are so many I haven't.

TRG (TRG), Thursday, 20 April 2006 20:00 (sixteen years ago) link

"Band of Outsiders" is a meh for me.

most bizarre statement ever

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Friday, 21 April 2006 22:53 (sixteen years ago) link

why did i say i liked contempt in this thread? the parts without BB in them are so dull.

joseph (joseph), Saturday, 22 April 2006 23:41 (sixteen years ago) link

Oh man, Alphaville is so great. Band of Outsiders and Breathless don't do as much for me, but are still enjoyable.

I am watching Week End tonight.

sleep (sleep), Sunday, 23 April 2006 02:07 (sixteen years ago) link

Really? I wonder how you will get past the fin du cinema?

In The Court Of The Redd King Harvest (Ken L), Sunday, 23 April 2006 02:22 (sixteen years ago) link

the ending of weekend is so chilling, just those last few lines and that music, and then the "fin du cinema" thing...

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Sunday, 23 April 2006 04:23 (sixteen years ago) link

Meh: “A Married Woman” & “Made In The USA”

I admit it’s kinda silly to pick on two little-known works, but it still bears saying. For the most part, “AMW” comes off like the world’s longest perfume commercial—all empty emoting and off-centre blocking. As for “USA,” it’s commonly known that Godard shot it simultaneously with “Two or Three Things I Know About Her.” Having seen both films, it’s obvious which film his heart was into and which one it was not. A general and most unbecoming “Can I Go Now?” weariness pervades in Anna Karina’s performance as well.

That having been said, both of the films do hold some value. “AMW” holds interest primarily as a toolbox of thematic ideas and concepts Godard & Co would mine for the next few years. It also features a brilliant montage of photos and drawings from a fashion magazine set to a Sylvie Vartan song. Speaking of music, Marianne Faithfull’s deservedly famous cameo in “USA” is a must-see, as is the final scene, which turns the faults of Karina’s characterization inside-out, making for one last great moment in her feature career w/ Godard (I haven’t seen the short “Anticipation” yet.)

Chairman Doinel (Charles McCain), Saturday, 29 April 2006 00:05 (sixteen years ago) link

eleven months pass...

histoires du cinema has landed

That one guy that quit, Saturday, 14 April 2007 09:40 (fifteen years ago) link

two months pass...

I watched My Life to Live last night. It was like a nightmare.

Tim Ellison, Sunday, 1 July 2007 04:45 (fifteen years ago) link

In a good or bad way?

C. Grisso/McCain, Sunday, 1 July 2007 19:51 (fifteen years ago) link

I guess it depends on whether you're in the mood for a nightmare. With the sketchiness of the plot and the freakish trajectory from one thing to the next, it works pretty good as one.

Tim Ellison, Sunday, 1 July 2007 20:49 (fifteen years ago) link

four months pass...

I watched Le Mepris (Contempt) last night, for the third time. Colin MacCabe has called it the greatest European work of art since WWII. I can't see that; not even sure it's the greatest Godard picture of 1963. Anyone else?

the pinefox, Friday, 23 November 2007 10:14 (fifteen years ago) link

I've never liked it; i can go listen to my married friends argue anytime (albeit not on Cote d'Azur)

Dr Morbius, Friday, 23 November 2007 19:30 (fifteen years ago) link

Alphaville. Watching it for the first time in a decade - that strange kind of home-made collage effect of Orwellian dystopia, hard-boiled detectives, computer capitalism. It reminds me of Brecht's consciously half-baked fantasies of America, in its feeling of making it up as it goes along - a sort of experiment in imagination, trying to see what happens if you treat Paris as Alphaville and these scenes as happening in an improbably distant future.

the pinefox, Friday, 23 November 2007 21:53 (fifteen years ago) link

eight years pass...

I think I've finally fallen out of love with Breathless.

rhymes with "blondie blast" (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 1 November 2016 01:25 (six years ago) link

I just recently discovered that Alphaville was retitled in Danish, based on the French sub-title. It translates into 'Lemmy's weird adventure'

Frederik B, Tuesday, 1 November 2016 01:47 (six years ago) link

Breathless is terrible, I don't like Godard per se, but at least some of his other films had political views. Breathless is just sexist garbage.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 1 November 2016 02:09 (six years ago) link

Eh, its sexist because Michel idolizes old Hollywood gangster films and is idiot enough to think them a model of how to treat women. I don't know if that makes the film itself sexist, but what my latest viewing drove home was that I've grown up enough that I can no longer find an angle at which that might be charming.

rhymes with "blondie blast" (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 1 November 2016 02:15 (six years ago) link

I never knew people actually loved Breathless? Historically important, but pretty weak held up against the rest of his filmography.

circa1916, Tuesday, 1 November 2016 04:14 (six years ago) link

It was the highest placed film (#13) by a living director in the most recent Sight and Sound poll

Foster Twelvetrees (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 1 November 2016 07:07 (six years ago) link

What is this bowl of wrongness I see here? Having said that, I need to watch it again but I'll record my dissatisfaction with this revive for now.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 1 November 2016 18:54 (six years ago) link

Raoul Coutard RIP:

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 8 November 2016 22:39 (six years ago) link

People often tell me that Lola was brilliantly shot. “Was it due to your own mood?” they ask. “Or to Demy? Or the light of Nantes? Or the look of Anouk Aimée?” It was partly all of these things, but first and foremost, and above everything else, the images of Lola came from the film stock – Gevaert 36, which the factory has now stopped making. So I have never been able to recapture those unsaturated blacks, those extraordinary whites, that grainy texture of real and unreal which in my opinion accounted for at least 70 per cent of the lyricism of Lola.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 9 November 2016 21:09 (six years ago) link

"There's a song by Leonard Cohen that goes: 'I came so far for beauty/I left so much behind/My patience and my family/My masterpiece unsigned'. This is what I've said for myself. And I have the feeling that it's all new again."

- JLG, Rolling Stone interview 1980

Darcy Sarto (Ward Fowler), Friday, 11 November 2016 12:33 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

is that quote referring to Every Man for Himself?

flappy bird, Sunday, 17 June 2018 05:45 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

"Most people call it 'la covid,' I call it 'le covid,' because I don't know if the virus is masculine or feminine. I think he's a bit of both, and also something else.

flappy bird, Thursday, 4 March 2021 08:55 (one year ago) link

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