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PERCEPTION Seeing Myself See: The Ecology of Mind

Seeing Myself See: The Ecology of Mind

Beau Lotto, Reader in neuroscience and head of Lottolab at University College London, talks about how colour, vision and seeing ourselves see can contribute to a richer, more empathetic view of nature and human nature.

This lecture comes from the UC Channel. But I can’t find it there.

September 21, 2009 Posted by | perception | | Leave a comment

FILM Pierrot le fou


Godard’s 60s: Pierrot le fou in IndieWire Reverseblog: The reverse Shot Blog

Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard, by Richard Brody. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2008. Hardcover $40.00. 720pp. ISBN: 0-805-06886-4.

Book review in Bright Lights Film Journal

Pierrot le fou
by Royal Brown in Cineaste, vol 33, no. 3 (summer 2008)

Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le fou [2000]
David Wills

.pdf of introduction. 19 pages. 4 pages short of the end, but plenty of useful material.

wiki: Pierrot le fou


The central character of Ferdinand also embodies Jameson’s notion of the postmodern citizen as a victim of “compensatory decorative exhilaration” or a mass media-addled mindset in which individuals lose the ability to distinguish truth from fiction or important issues from trivial ones.

to ideas of

wiki: Frederic Jameson

on postmodernism.

September 8, 2009 Posted by | film [its techniques], Godard | Leave a comment


Wiki:Philippe Grandrieux

September 7, 2009 Posted by | Grandrieux, Philippe Grandrieux | , , | Leave a comment

FILM Godard Art and Arriflex

GODARD: You forget the cinema is people who invest their money, invest their ideas, their heart. Actors invest their body and sometimes their heart. I invest my heart. One has rarely seen technicians invest in the cinema. [Excuse me.] One has rarely seen technicians invent equipment. It wasn’t a sound engineer who invented the Nagra. You didn’t invent the Arriflex — you don’t even know who invented it. Hitler invented the Arriflex, so battles could be filmed. That’s why you have a light camera.

CINEMATOGRAPHER: This is not what they invented…

GODARD: NO, but the Arriflex was developed from it…

CINEMATOGRAPHER: I know the story…

GODARD: It was the military…

CINEMATOGRAPHER: I know the story…

GODARD: I regret that a cameraman or a camera operator never invented, the way a singer invents a song. There are many things like that. So when one is insulted, one knows what risks he’s taking on the film; he doesn’t have to take risks but he doesn’t have to sulk either! There are enough unemployed in France.

CINEMATOGRAPHER: It’s now been 5 weeks that we have a strange relationship with you…

GODARD: And I have a strange relationship with you. And you have a curious relationship with the sun. I’d rather spend an hour discussing an intonation.

Wiki: Arriflex 35

CinemaTechnic Camera Profiles: ARRI 35 II

From Jorge Diaz-Amador at

September 7, 2009 Posted by | film directors, film [its techniques], Godard | Leave a comment

FILM Bergman: cinematic philosopher?

Irving Singer, Ingmar Bergman, Cinematic Philosopher: Reflections on His Creativity, MIT Press, 2007, 240pp., ISBN 9780262195638.

Reviewed by Thomas E. Wartenberg, Mount Holyoke College

September 7, 2009 Posted by | film [its techniques] | Leave a comment

FILM Godard Histoire(s) du cinéma

Histoire(s) du cinéma
Doug Cummings review (10 September 2008) in Moviemail.

Histoire(s) du cinéma – Alifeleti Brown in Senses of Cinema.

From end note 13:

La « partition » des Histoire(s) du cinéma de Jean-Luc Godard created by Celine Scemama.

Jean-Luc Godard and the other history of cinema.

Ph.D. Thesis. Douglas Morrey. Warwick University 2002.

Making History – Essay and inteview with Jean-Luc Godard
by Jonathan Rosenbaum

Excerpts from his essay on Godard’s Histoires[s] du Cinema

Jean-Luc Godard by Craig Keller Senses of Cinema.

September 5, 2009 Posted by | film [its techniques], Godard | 1 Comment

Waiting for Godard

September 4, 2009 Posted by | Godard | Leave a comment