A Companion to Jean-Luc Godard. Wiley Blackwell Companions to Film Directors

  • ID: 2586598
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  • 576 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Enigmatic and visionary, pioneer of the French New Wave movement, Jean–Luc Godard remains one of the most influential filmmakers of the post–war era. A Companion to Jean–Luc Godard presents a compendium of original essays by top film scholars that focus on a wide range of issues relating to Godard s illustrious cinematic career.

Featuring contributions from an international cast of major film theorists and critics, the majority of essays focus on several of the major films in Godard s remarkably prolific film oeuvre some 70 features in nearly 60 years. Other readings bring fresh insights into the great director s biography, including reflections on his personal philosophy, politics, and connections to other critics and filmmakers. A Companion to Jean–Luc Godard offers invaluable insights into the life and works of one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema.

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Notes on Contributors viii

Introduction 1Tom Conley and T. Jefferson Kline

1 From Pen to Camera: Another Critic 11Jean–Michel Frodon

2 À bout de souffle: Trials in New Coherences 21Phillip John Usher

3 Médicis 15–37 : Bernardo Bertolucci vs. Jean–Luc Godard 44Fabien S. Gérard

4 Un Femme est infâme: Godard s Writing Lesson 60Elizabeth Ezra

5 Michel Legrand Scores Une femme est une femme 71Kareem Roustom

6 Three–Way Mirroring in Vivre sa vie 89Maureen Turim

7 Commerce and the War of the Sexes: Laetitia Masson and Jean–Luc Godard 108Martine Beugnet

8 Les Carabiniers: BB Guns at War and at the Movies 119Gerald Peary

9 A Postmodern Consideration of Jean–Luc Godard s Le Mépris 128Emily Macaux

10 Totally, Tenderly, Tragically . . . and in Color: Another Look at Godard s Le Mépris 143Steven Ungar

11 Le Mépris: Landscapes as Tragedy 156Ludovic Cortade

12 Bande(s) à part: Godard s Contraband Poetry 171T. Jefferson Kline

13 Pierrot le fou and a Legacy of Forme 187Tom Conley

14 Godard s Wars 197Philip Watts

15 (Dé)collage: Bazin, Godard, Aragon 210Douglas Smith

16 The Children of Marx and Esso: Oil Companies and Cinematic Writing in 1960s Godard 224Thomas Odde

17 One or Two Points About Two or Three Things I Know About Her 243Jacqueline Levitin

18 Godard s Remote Control 263John Hulsey

19 La Chinoise ... et après?: Aging Against Tradition 282Grace An

20 Jean–Luc, Community, and Communication 296Marc Cerisuelo

21 On and Under Communication 318Michael Witt

22 Factories and the Factory 351Amie Siegel

23 Passion s Ghost 367Murray Pomerance

24 Schizoanalyzing Souls: Godard, Deleuze, and the Mystical Line of Flight 383David Sterritt

25 Godard the Hegelian 403Daniel Fairfax

26 Godard s Ecotechnics 420Verena Andermatt Conley

27 Retrospective Godard 430Elisabeth Hodges

28 An Accurate Description of What Has Never Occurred : History, Virtuality, and Fiction in Godard 441Scott Durham

29 Noli me tangere: Jean–Luc Godard s Histoire(e)s du cinéma 456Kriss Ravetto–Biagioli

30 Godard the Historiographer: From Histoires du cinéma to the Beaubourg Exhibition 488Trond Lundemo

31 The Old Place, Space of Legends 504Margaret C. Flinn

32 Notre musique: Juste une conversation 514Erin Schlumpf

33 Jean–Luc Godard: To Liberate Things from the Name that We Have Imposed on Them (Film . . .) to Announce Dissonances Parting from a Note in Common (Socialisme) 527Irmgard Emmelhainz

Index 546

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Tom Conley is Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor of Romance Languages and Visual & Environmental Studies at Harvard University. His publications include Film Hieroglyphs (2006), Cartographic Cinema (2007), An Errant Eye (2011), and others.

T. Jefferson Kline is Professor of French at Boston University. His publications include Bertolucci s Dream Loom (1987), Screening the Text: Intertextuality and New Wave French Cinema (1992), Unraveling French Cinema (2010), and a variety of essays on French and European literature and film. 

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