Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard
A â€œserious-minded and meticulously detailed . . . account of the lifelong artistic journeyâ€ of one of the most influential filmmakers of our age (The New York Times)
When Jean-Luc Godard wed the ideals of filmmaking to the realities of autobiography and current events, he changed the nature of cinema. Unlike any earlier films, Godardâ€™s work shifts fluidly from fiction...more
2. Pierrot Le Fou
4. Band of Outsiders
5. 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her
7. A Woman Is a Woman
10. Masculin Féminin
11. Une Femme Mariée
13. Notre Musique
14. Prénom Carmen
15. Hail Mary
16. Le Petit Soldat
17. Tout Va Bien
18. Ici et Ailleurs
19. Eloge de L'amour
20. Numero Deux
Made in U.S.A.
THE HALL OF SHAME:
Soigne Ta Droite
For Ever Mozart
Le Gai Savoir
Comment ça va? ...more
i really enjoyed the part of the book that deals with Godard's later years. It seems he consistently ...more
(100 pp later)
OK, so there's lots of politics in the book, only because Godard was so intensely engaged with the political issues of his day. I like Brody's way of putting each ...more
The book is simply astounding in its scope: detailed background, production history, critical reception and analysis for no less than every film and video Godard has produced in his prolific career since 1959, often producing at a rate of 2 or 3 films per year. No less impressive is Brody's attention to detail in unpacking the insane web of references ...more
I was really excited to pick this up since I've gone through a Godard obsession lately. I poured over it and read it diligently for a few weeks.
The thing is...I had a lukewarm experience.
Brody does an amazing job of scholarship. Godard has made a huge amount of work and Brody really has seen ALL of it. No mean feat- particularly when the work is as dense and elliptical and challenging as Godard's.
While reading I thought that as I got frustratingly little on some the films I was most curious abou ...more
Even knowing that Godar ...more
Anyway, I loved the French New Wave films from the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. What I didn’t care for was the over-inflated discussion that followed each screening.
I’d watch the movies, in awe of the storytelling, the jump cuts, the women, the casual sex – you get the idea. But when the lights came up, Professor ...more
Brody insists over and over that the events in Godard's personal life are the primary, even sole, avenues to the interpretation of his films. While this makes for butter-smooth transitions between the biographical details of Godard's intim ...more
"Everything is cinema," is Godard's expression that everything, or at least everything important, must be seen to be understood. It must be captured and held onto. Memory lasts only as long as those who remember. Words do not do justice or give us the greater underst ...more
What Brody doesn't discuss, but feels like a natural addendu ...more
The biography is well written, engaging, exhaustive, and leads off the track to Artaud, Sartre while including Agnes Varda (who I like better as a film maker).
The book documents the interaction between French literary and cinematic traditions: Godard sincerely mimics "classic" American films while acknowledging the art ...more