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Godard on Godard: Critical Writings

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Jean-Luc Godard, like many of his European contemporaries, came to filmmaking through film criticism. This collection of essays and interviews, ranging from his early efforts for La Gazette du Cinéma to his later writings for Cahiers du Cinéma, reflects his dazzling intelligence, biting wit, maddening judgments, and complete unpredictability. In writing about Hitchcock, ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published March 22nd 1986 by Da Capo Press (first published 1985)
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Sep 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Film aesthetic young fellows and their beautiful girlfriends
If you are going to get one book on Jean Luc Godard, then it has to be this one. Godard is a poet posing as a film critic. I wished that there were more people who love their subject matter as Godard. What's missing today is passion, and now I find a lot of people are pretending to have passion.

So to remind me of 'real' passion I read Godard's little film reviews and commentary.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: silverscreen
Godard on Godard is just that, a reflective assortment of pieces, a bit of manifesto, a great deal of analysis and a brilliant homage. The Thanks to Henri Langlois is an especially moving tribute to the his friend and great archivist. The timeline concerns his work at Cahiers before his spectacular debut. Critical pieces, dazzling as he probes. These taper off and are replaced by interviews and then other incidental musings. The interviews are grounded yet speculative. Godard admits often that ...more
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Made up of Godards film reviews and articles for Cahiers du Cinema starting in 1950, this is a mostly interesting collection.

The reviews are the most interesting parts and you will find yourself noting down titles for films based on Godards recommendations. He has an interesting way of describing a film, and for the most part he does a great job of selling you his ideas.

The other interesting sections are essays and notes by Godard on his own films. These are what I was most interested in when
Nov 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Välillä tätä lukiessa tulee fiilis, että Godard on parempi kirjoittamaan kritiikkiä kuin ohjaamaan elokuvia, ihan yhtä taidokasta tulitusta. Harmittaa, etten osaa ranskaa niin hyvin, että kykenisin lukemaan alkuperäiskielellä, voin kuvitella mitä sanataidetta tekstit silloin on. Pohjaa vie vähän se, että kritisoiduista elokuvista vain murto-osan olen itse nähnyt. Teos, johon pitää palata myöhemmin.
Oct 08, 2007 rated it liked it
گودار یکی از پیشروان سینمای فرانسه در نیمه ی دوم قرن بیستم میلادی ست. نام او یکی از شاخص های فهرست سینمای مولف است و سینمایش در چند دهه پیروان و علاقمندان بسیار داشت. شاید برخی ها گودار را در فیلم هایش خشک و بی روح ببینند و بخوانند. تصور می کنم اگر فیلم نامه یا نوشته ی او را پیش از دیدن فیلم بخوانید بیشتر به یک آدم احساساتی و سخت معتقد بر می خورید. ...more
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
It definitely changed and re-shaped my perspective on writing prose, poetry, commentary, etc.
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books about film. I re-read it all the time.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Godard's criticism and film scripts are, of course, one of a kind.

Though there are passionate conversations in the later periods, such as the one between him and J-P Beauviala, there should have been more material bridging les années Mao and les années 80 and vidéos. We glide from Tout va bien to Sauve qui peut in a few pages, with relatively little coverage of his années télé. I'd have also liked more interviews from mainstream media, where the dialogue typically tends to be less mystifying
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Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Found this at a used bookstore. Weekend is on the cover. This is a compilation of film criticisms and interviews from Godard. The great himself speaks. And it is indeed great. The best and deepest film criticism I have ever read. And as an aspiring filmmaker, I picked up so much about filmmaking from it.
May 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, cinema
The title is somewhat misleading, because 3/4 of the book is Godard's articles on other directors and films, not Godard on Godard. Godard as a journalist for Cahiers du cinema. I'm not saying his articles are bad, it's just they are outdated obviously and appeal to very special, film study crowd. The latest and the smallest part is Godard interviews and it's fun to read them. He's surprisingly sincere and very very not surprisingly analytical about his films.
Sep 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who takes movies seriously
Excellent, typically contrary collection of all of Godard's writings up to the late 60s. A revised and extended version was published in France several years ago but has never been translated into English.
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Jun 22, 2007 rated it really liked it
At times I suspect Godard was a better critic than a filmmaker. At times. Read this one if you want to share in the experience of breaking the code of cinematic adulation.
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Enter the mind of a mad scientist and find out he's not so mad after all.
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