Originally released as a videographic experiment in film history, Jean-Luc Godard's Histoire(s) du cinema has pioneered how we think about and narrate cinema history, and in how history is taught through cinema. In this stunningly illustrated volume, Michael Witt explores Godard's landmark work as both a specimen of an artist's vision and a philosophical statement on the history of film. Witt contextualizes Godard's theories and approaches to historiography and provides a guide to the wide-ranging cinematic, aesthetic, and cultural forces that shaped Godard's groundbreaking ideas on the history of cinema.
Michael Witt is Professor of Cinema and Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures at University of Roehampton in London. He is co-editor of several books on French film including Jean-Luc Godard: Documents, The French Cinema Book, and For Ever Godard.
Acknowledgments Introduction: Godard's Theorem 1. Histoire(s) du cinema: A History 2. The Prior and Parallel Work 3. Models and Guides 4. The Rise and Fall of the Cinematograph 5. Cinema, Nationhood, and the New Wave 6. Making Images in the Age of Spectacle 7. The Metamorphoses Envoi Works by Godard Notes Select Bibliography Index