At the vanguard of international filmmaking for six decades, French New Wave titan Jean-Luc Godard exerted an incalculable influence on modern cinema that refuses to wane. With his groundbreaking 1960 debut feature, BREATHLESS, Godard merged elements of high and low culture with an anything-goes abandon that set the template for generations of filmmakers. It marked the beginning of an explosively innovative decade that witnessed his output grow increasingly radical, both aesthetically (VIVRE SA VIE, CONTEMPT, ALPHAVILLE) and politically (PIERROT LE FOU, LA CHINOISE, WEEKEND), until by 1968 he had forsworn commercial cinema altogether, forming a leftist filmmaking collective (the Dziga Vertov Group) and producing films like the scathing anticapitalist screed TOUT VA BIEN. Eternally on the cutting edge, Godard spent the final years of his career exploring the outermost possibilities of digital filmmaking in visually and philosophically adventurous works like GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE and THE IMAGE BOOK, confirming his status as our greatest lyricist on historical trauma, religion, and the legacy of cinema.
Directed by Jon Jost, Donald Ranvaud, and Peter Wollen • 1980 • United Kingdom
The following short film from 1980, featuring director Jean-Luc Godard, was made by Jon Jost, Don Ranvaud, and Peter Wollen, in association with the magazine “Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media.”
MASCULIN FÉMININ was a coproduction of director Jean-Luc Godard’s Anouchka Films and the Swedish firm Sandrews Films. The “film within the film,” said by many to be a parody of Ingmar Bergman’s THE SILENCE (1963), was shot by Godard in Sweden. In this archival footage, a Swedish television crew v...
In October 1980, director Jean-Luc Godard appeared on two episodes of “The Dick Cavett Show” to promote the U.S. release of EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF. Presented here, in their entirety, are those two episodes.
Presented here is an audio interview with director Jean-Luc Godard. Conducted by film critic Gideon Bachmann in 1961, it covers Godard’s time as a critic for “Cahiers du cinéma,” the state of French filmmaking, and LE PETIT SOLDAT.
Presented here is an excerpt from Cannes 1968, Sélim Sasson’s newsreel covering filmmaker François Truffaut’s call to shut down the Cannes Film Festival in May 1968. Roman Polanski, Louis Malle, and Jean-Luc Godard were also present.