Tag Archives: Jean-Luc Godard

Midnight Express at 40

The high point of cinema so far has been the American films made between the late 1960s and the early 1980s. Roughly speaking, these dates constitute the New Hollywood period when failing studios turned to young, maverick directors influenced by the anarchistic re-making of genre cinema by European directors like Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut. [...]

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New Wave Airplane

Last week I finally got around to posting about Jean-Luc Godard’s 87th birthday, and today Open Culture reminded me how rich the master’s collection of odds-and-ends shorts and clips can be. In 1968, Godard shot Jefferson Airplane performing live on a rooftop in Manhattan. Godard’s film features a performance of “The House at Pooneil Corners,” [...]

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HBD! JLG

Jean-Luc Godard celebrated his 87th birthday on December 3 and even though I read a handful of articles and re-tweeted tweet I saw about the master I’m only getting around to mentioning it here. Maybe I was slow to this task because GODARD seems too massive for a quick mention in a blog post. He’s [...]

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Breathless 55

Fifty-five years ago this spring, in 1960, Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless changed cinema forever. Breathless wasn’t the first film of the French New Wave, but it was the first popular hit that brought the energy of the new filmmaking to a global audience, impacting American cinema and paving the way for our own New American Cinema [...]

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Alphaville at 50

This year we mark the 50th anniversary of Jean-Luc Godard’s sci-fi thriller, Alphaville. The futuristic-seeming settings and the presence of actor Eddie Constantine assure us that this is indeed a sci-fi thriller, but this is a Godard film so its also a movie about movies. Here’s the word from the British Film Institute… While the [...]

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Room 666

Anticipating the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, here’s a look back to a super project dreamed up by Wim Wenders at the festival way back in 1982: Room 666 is a documentary project that profiles a number of prominent filmmakers using a static camera in room 666 of the Hotel Martinez. According to the Wiki… Each [...]

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Remembering Debord

Been having some trouble sleeping lately. Actually, I’ve been falling right to sleep, but I keep waking up in the middle of the night for an hour or so with some minor nightmare that seems connected to the anxiousness I feel upon fully waking. Of course, the only thing to do is to make myself [...]

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Celebrating Seberg

Today we remember American actress Jean Seberg who was born on this day in 1938. Seberg isn’t a household name, but her iconic turn as an unlikely femme fatale in Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless made her a screen immortal even if her activism and the FBI harassment it attracted proved she was all-too-human. Here’s Roger Ebert‘s [...]

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Bukowski Goes Hollywood

25 years ago Charles Bukowski published Hollywood — the poet’s fictional account of adapting the screenplay of his novel Barfly for film. This all gets a little meta, but Buk wrote a screenplay adaptation of his novel and then adapted his experience of making the Barbet Schroeder film — featuring Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway [...]

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Terry O’Neill: Close and Candid

My favorite photography book of 2013 was probably Steve Schapiro’s Taxi Driver, but one of the most surprising was Terry O’Neill’s eponymous career retrospective published by ACC Editions. O’Neill first made his mark in the 1960′s. The young British photographer snapped everyone from The Beatles to The Stones to Janis Joplin to Jean Luc Godard’s [...]

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