This compendium of original essays offers invaluable insights into the life and works of one of the most important and influential directors in the history of cinema, exploring his major films, philosophy, politics, and connections to other critics and directors. * Presents a compendium of original essays offering invaluable insights into the life and works of one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema * Features contributions from an international cast of major film theorists and critics * Provides readers with both an in-depth reading of Godard s major films and a sense of his evolution from the New Wave to his later political periods * Brings fresh insights into the great director s biography, including reflections on his personal philosophy, politics, and connections to other critics and filmmakers * Explores many of the 80 features Godard made in nearly 60 years, and includes coverage of his recent work in video
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.
Notes on Contributors viii Introduction 1 Tom Conley and T. Jefferson Kline 1 From Pen to Camera: Another Critic 11 Jean-Michel Frodon 2 A bout de souffle: Trials in New Coherences 21 Phillip John Usher 3 Medicis 15-37 : Bernardo Bertolucci vs. Jean-Luc Godard 44 Fabien S. Gerard 4 Un Femme est infame: Godard s Writing Lesson 60 Elizabeth Ezra 5 Michel Legrand Scores Une femme est une femme 71 Kareem Roustom 6 Three-Way Mirroring in Vivre sa vie 89 Maureen Turim 7 Commerce and the War of the Sexes: Laetitia Masson and Jean-Luc Godard 108 Martine Beugnet 8 Les Carabiniers: BB Guns at War and at the Movies 119 Gerald Peary 9 A Postmodern Consideration of Jean-Luc Godard s Le Mepris 128 Emily Macaux 10 Totally, Tenderly, Tragically ... and in Color: Another Look at Godard s Le Mepris 143 Steven Ungar 11 Le Mepris: Landscapes as Tragedy 156 Ludovic Cortade 12 Bande(s) a part: Godard s Contraband Poetry 171 T. Jefferson Kline 13 Pierrot le fou and a Legacy of Forme 187 Tom Conley 14 Godard s Wars 197 Philip Watts 15 (De)collage: Bazin, Godard, Aragon 210 Douglas Smith 16 The Children of Marx and Esso: Oil Companies and Cinematic Writing in 1960s Godard 224 Thomas Odde 17 One or Two Points About Two or Three Things I Know About Her 243 Jacqueline Levitin 18 Godard s Remote Control 263 John Hulsey 19 La Chinoise ... et apres?: Aging Against Tradition 282 Grace An 20 Jean-Luc, Community, and Communication 296 Marc Cerisuelo 21 On and Under Communication 318 Michael Witt 22 Factories and the Factory 351 Amie Siegel 23 Passion s Ghost 367 Murray Pomerance 24 Schizoanalyzing Souls: Godard, Deleuze, and the Mystical Line of Flight 383 David Sterritt 25 Godard the Hegelian 403 Daniel Fairfax 26 Godard s Ecotechnics 420 Verena Andermatt Conley 27 Retrospective Godard 430 Elisabeth Hodges 28 An Accurate Description of What Has Never Occurred : History, Virtuality, and Fiction in Godard 441 Scott Durham 29 Noli me tangere: Jean-Luc Godard s Histoire(e)s du cinema 456 Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli 30 Godard the Historiographer: From Histoires du cinema to the Beaubourg Exhibition 488 Trond Lundemo 31 The Old Place, Space of Legends 504 Margaret C. Flinn 32 Notre musique: Juste une conversation 514 Erin 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) 527 Irmgard Emmelhainz Index 546