Cinema: The Archaeology of Film and the Memory of a Century (Talking Images Series)

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Cinema is quite simply a unique book from one of the most influential film-makers in the history of cinema. Here, Jean-Luc Godard looks back on a century of film as well as his own work and career. Born with the twentieth century, cinema became not just the century's dominant art form but its best historian. Godard argues that - after Chaplin and Pol Pot, Monroe and Hitler, Stalin and Mae West, Mao and the Marx Brothers - film and history are inextricably intertwined. Godard presents his thoughts on film theory, ...

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Overview

Cinema is quite simply a unique book from one of the most influential film-makers in the history of cinema. Here, Jean-Luc Godard looks back on a century of film as well as his own work and career. Born with the twentieth century, cinema became not just the century's dominant art form but its best historian. Godard argues that - after Chaplin and Pol Pot, Monroe and Hitler, Stalin and Mae West, Mao and the Marx Brothers - film and history are inextricably intertwined. Godard presents his thoughts on film theory, cinematic technique, film histories, as well as the recent video revolution. He expounds on his central concerns - how film can "resurrect the past," the role of rhythm in film, and how cinema can be an "art that thinks." Here Godard comes closest to defining a lifetime's obsession with cinema and cinema's lifelong obsession with history.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[Godard]'s also as independent and provocative as ever, as illustrated by this collaboration with Ishaghpour, which results in a spirited dialog between the men that ranges freely among such subjects as cinema, history, art, music, literature, and philosophy, concentrating in particular on multiple definitions of history and their implications for cinema and the status of cinema as an art." —Library Jourbanal

Praise for Godard's Cinematic Work:
"The greatest living cinematic artist, the wisest, most transformative, most original agent provocateur at work in the fields of cinema? The short answer: sans doute. Godard is to his medium what Joyce, Stravinsky, Eliot, and Picasso were to theirs: rule-rewriting colossi after whom human expression would never be quite the same."—Village Voice

"It's possible to hate half or two-thirds of what Godard does—or find it incomprehensible—and still be shattered by his brilliance."—Pauline Kael

Library Journal
A groundbreaking critic and founding member of the French New Wave, Godard (A Bout de Souffle/Breathless; Alphaville; Weekend) is still making films and writing about them at nearly 75. He's also as independent and provocative as ever, as illustrated by this collaboration with Ishaghpour (film, Univ. Ren Descartes, France), which results in a spirited dialog between the men that ranges freely among such subjects as cinema, history, art, music, literature, and philosophy, concentrating in particular on multiple definitions of history and their implications for cinema and the status of cinema as an art. The saga of Godard's eight-part video series, Histoire(s) du Cin ma, a simultaneously public and private history, figures prominently in the discussion, offering an insider's view of the demands, rewards, and frustrations of filmmaking. The mutual familiarity and respect between Godard and Ishaghpour are obvious throughout; their conversation often achieves an intoxicating rhythm. Concluding with a brief essay by the latter on the former, this is a fascinating look at an iconic and controversial filmmaker. The subject matter and focus limit this book's suitability for public libraries, but it is highly recommended to academic libraries with film studies collections.-M. C. Duhig, Carnegie Lib. of Pittsburgh Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845201975
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/23/2005
  • Series: Talking Images Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean-Luc Godard, one of the founding fathers of the French New Wave, has been an influential force in film since his first feature-length film, A Bout de Souffle (Breathless). Today, his influence extends across such key contemporary film-makers as Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders, Steven Soderbergh and Quentin Tarantino.

Youssef Ishaghpour is Professor at University Rene Descartes, Paris V. His writings on cinema, painting, philosophy and literature have been widely translated.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Interview
1 Cinema 3
2 Constellation and classification 7
3 Angle and montage 15
4 The urgency of the present/the redemption of the past 19
5 History and re-memorization 23
6 How video made the history of cinema possible 31
7 Only cinema can narrate its own history : quotation and montage 41
8 Histoire(s) du cinema : films and books 45
9 History and archeology 53
10 The history of love, of the eye, and of the gaze 59
11 Hitchcock and the power of cinema 63
12 The loss of the magic of cinema and the Nouvelle vague 67
13 Before and after Auschwitz 73
14 What can cinema do? 81
15 Only cinema narrates large-scale history by narrating its own history 87
16 In cinema as in Christianity : image and resurrection 97
17 Image and montage 105
18 Towards the stars 111
Pt. II Jean-Luc Godard, Cineaste of modern life : the poetic in the historical
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