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FILMMAKER GODARD A Weekend with Conjugal Dread






Jean-Luc Godard 1951 Photo: F C Grundlach

Jean-Luc Godard Berlin, 1951. Photo: F C Gundlach



A feed from a Godard forum is a request from Gloria for help using Godard’s Weekend in a course about the road movie.

Two suggestions were made by Francis van den Heuvel:


Un week-end avec Jean-Luc Godard
~ blog La Nouvelle Vague, 25 June 2013


Week End (1967)


Alexandre Fontaine Rousseau, Panorama, 6 June 2006


Notch that one up for a Godard post. Some are not posts about Godard, which I feel a strong desire to make so simply by typing in the letters G-O-D-A-R-D as if I were M. Godard himself in one of those scenes he films of himself typing away on a typewriter with which he accedes to the modern by making it one with electronic memory, so he can type then let the typewriter type as if it’s not him typing. Who is typing him or the machine? God given inspiration. That sort of thing. Noise and cigar smoke. Girl and a gun.

There must be someone out there in the big wide world who has done a thesis on Godard’s typewriters. Almost certainly 12 on his specs through the decades. If I was a young person I’d start with, “He needs to cut it up”, which will lead in six degrees of separation to montage. Type. Cut. Rearrange. Separate. Godard. Odd. God. Ra. Goad. Road! No! Has to be in French for this to work.

Wonder if anyone ever received an anonymous threat letter from Godard – financial backers possibly? – made of cut-out letters of various sizes all jumbled together, but everyone who got one knew immediately who it was from – they’d seen all his films.



August 14, 2015 - Posted by | film directors | ,

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