A Companion to Jean-Luc Godard

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This compendium of original essays offers invaluable insights into the life and works of one of the most important and influential directors in the history of cinema, exploring his major films, philosophy, politics, and connections to other critics and directors.
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This compendium of original essays offers invaluable insights into the life and works of one of the most important and influential directors in the history of cinema, exploring his major films, philosophy, politics, and connections to other critics and directors.
  • Presents a compendium of original essays offering invaluable insights into the life and works of one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema
  • Features contributions from an international cast of major film theorists and critics
  • Provides readers with both an in-depth reading of Godard’s major films and a sense of his evolution from the New Wave to his later political periods
  • Brings fresh insights into the great director’s biography, including reflections on his personal philosophy, politics, and connections to other critics and filmmakers
  • Explores many of the 80 features Godard made in nearly 60 years, and includes coverage of his recent work in video
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“Jean-Luc Godard not only reinvented the cinema; he also challenged film viewers to become engaged cinephiles, whether in terms of politics, theory, gender, or the history of film itself. Godard’s work is and has always been provocative, and that it has remained so since the beginnings of the New Wave attests to the magnitude of the director’s achievement. Tom Conley and T. Jefferson Kline have assembled a remarkable collection, representing a wide range of perspectives on Godard’s achievement. The book is a must-read for anyone who has ever been entranced or frustrated, fascinated or enraged with Godard’s cinematic imagination.”

Judith Mayne, Ohio State University

"In generating this superb and intellectually diverse collection of original essays, the editors have accomplished the crucial work of critics, which is to demonstrate the vast range and immense depth of a great artist’s work."

Ted Perry, Middlebury College

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Meet the Author

Tom Conley is Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor of Romance Languages and Visual & Environmental Studies at Harvard University. His publications include Film Hieroglyphs (2006), Cartographic Cinema (2007), An Errant Eye (2011), and others.

T. Jefferson Kline is Professor of French at Boston University. His publications include Bertolucci’s Dream Loom (1987), Screening the Text: Intertextuality and New Wave French Cinema (1992), Unraveling French Cinema (2010), and a variety of essays on French and European literature and film.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. From Pen to Camera: Another Critic
Jean-Michel Frodon

2. A bout de souffle: Trials in New Coherences
Philip John Usher

3. Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut, I: Riding the New Wave
Antoine de Baecque

4. “MEDICIS 15-37”: Bernardo Bertolucci vs. Jean-Luc Godard
Fabien Gérard

5. Un Femme est Infâme: Godard’s Writing Lesson
Elizabeth Ezra

6. Michel Legrand Scores Une femme est une femme
Kareem Roustom

7. Three-Way Mirroring in Vivre sa vie
Maureen Turim

8. Commerce and The War of the Sexes: Laetitia Masson and Jean-Luc Godar
Martine Beugnet

9. Les Carabiniers: BB Guns at War and at the Movies
Gerald Peary

10. A Postmodern Consideration of Jean-Luc Godard’s Le Mépris
Emily Macaux

11. Totally, Tenderly, Tragically . . . and in Color: Another Look at JLG’s Le Mépris
Steven Ungar

12. Le Mépris: Landscape as Tragedy
Ludovic Cortade

13. Bande(s) à part: Godard’s Contraband Poetry
T. Jefferson Kline

14. Pierrot le fou and a Legacy of Forme
Tom Conley

15. Godard’s Wars
Philip Watts

16. (Dé)collage: Bazin, Godard, Aragon
Douglas Smith

17. The Children of Marx and Esso: Oil Companies and Cinematic Writing in 1960s Godard
Thomas Odde

18. One or Two Points About Two or Three Things I Know About Her
Jacqueline Levitin

19. The Subject in the Age of Radio-Telecommunications: Godard’s and His Actors in Deux ou trois choses que je sais d’elle
John Hulsey

20. Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut, II: The Decline of the Friendship
Antoine de Baecque

21 La Chinoise… et après?: Aging Against Tradition
Grace An

22. Community and Communication
Marc Cerisuelo

23. On and Under Communication
Michael Witt

24. Factories and the Factory
Amie Siegel

25. Passion’s Ghost
Murray Pomerance

26 Schizoanalyzing Souls: Godard, Deleuze, and the Mystical Line of Flight
David Sterritt

27. Godard the Hegelian
Daniel Fairfax

28. JLG/JLG
Verena Andermatt Conley

29. Retrospective Godard
Elisabeth Hodges

30. An Accurate Description of What Has Never Occurred: History, Virtuality, and Fiction in Godard
Scott Durham

31. Noli me tangere: Jean-Luc Godard’s Histoire(e)s du cinéma
Kriss Ravetto-Biagiol

32. Godard the Historiographer: From Histoires du cinéma to the Beaubourg Exhibition
Trond Lundemo

32. The Old Place, Space of Legends
Margaret C. Flinn

33. Notre Musique: Juste une conversation
Erin Schlumpf

33. Jean-Luc Godard: To Liberate Things from the Name that we have Imposed on Them (Film…) To Announce Dissonances Parting from a Note in Common (Socialisme)
Irmgard Emmelhainz

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