April 24, 2013 |
Jean-Luc Godard made his second feature film, "Le Petit Soldat," in 1960, but it was banned until 1963 because of its tough look at the then-current French-Algerian conflict and unblinking portrayal of torture. Opening Friday at the Nuart in a new 35-millimeter print with fresh translation and subtitles, the often-overlooked film provides a lens through which to view the French director's unparalleled streak of provocation and productivity in the 1960s, as well as a startlingly contemporary-feeling counterpoint to recent politically tinged war films such as "Zero Dark Thirty.
June 22, 2012 |
It could be argued that the most pivotal chapter ofJean-Luc Godard's shape-shifting career - as well as one of the most neglected - is the period of video-based experimentation of the mid-'70s. Emerging from a militant post-'68 phase, during which he formed the Dziga Vertov Group, in an effort to "make films politically," Godard developed a complex method of merging and pulling apart images, sounds and text - a dense, sometimes dazzling analytic approach that defines a significant portion of his work to this day. New to DVD from Olive Films, "Ici et Ailleurs" (1976)
May 18, 1990 |
Jean-Luc Godard, regarded as the spoiled child of French cinema, is up to his usual intellectual tricks in "Nouvelle Vague" ("New Wave"), which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival today. The film concerns an initially destructive but finally triumphant love affair between a beautiful Italian countess, played by Domiziana Giordano, and her lover, weather-beaten French sex symbol Alain Delon.
February 11, 2005 |
When Jean-Luc Godard's "Masculine Feminine" opened in Los Angeles 38 years ago last month, it seemed as new as tomorrow's headlines while exploring a theme as old as time -- the essential enigma that a woman can be to a man. Headlines, and hairstyles, may change, but this witty and tender 1966 gem remains as timeless and fresh as ever.
May 28, 2010 |
All you need to make a movie, Jean-Luc Godard famously proposed, is a girl and a gun, and he proved that formula the first time out of the box with his 1960 "Breathless," the fatalistic romance that started a revolution. Beginning a 50th-anniversary run with a new 35-mm print, "Breathless" is that rare revival that, against noticeable odds, retains the elements that made it celebrated half a century ago. Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo as a brash French hooligan and Jean Seberg as the American in Paris he loves against his better judgment, "Breathless" caused a sensation when it took its place as one of the first examples of what came to be known as la Nouvelle Vague, a.k.a.
March 30, 2007 |
Jean-Luc Godard is not merely the iconoclastic, indefatigable enfant terrible of France's New Wave but one of the most idiosyncratic and important filmmakers of the 20th century, whose innovative spirit continues to flourish into the 21st.