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Jean-Luc Godard Solution for Greek Debt Crisis: 'Therefore' Copyright Fees

Jean-Luc Godard youngJean-Luc Godard in his youthful days.

Jean-Luc Godard solution for the Greek debt crisis: 'Therefore' copyright payments

A few years ago, Nouvelle Vague filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, while plugging his Film Socialisme, chipped in with a surefire solution for the seemingly endless – and bottomless – Greek debt crisis. In July 2011, Godard told The Guardian's Fiachra Gibbons:

The Greeks gave us logic. We owe them for that. It was Aristotle who came up with the big 'therefore'. As in, 'You don't love me any more, therefore …' Or, 'I found you in bed with another man, therefore …' We use this word millions of times, to make our most important decisions. It's about time we started paying for it.

If every time we use the word therefore, we have to pay 10 euros to Greece, the crisis will be over in one day, and the Greeks will not have to sell the Parthenon to the Germans. We have the technology to track down all those therefores on Google. We can even bill people by iPhone. Every time Angela Merkel tells the Greeks we lent you all this money, therefore you must pay us back with interest, she must therefore first pay them their royalties.

Godard's solution sounds as reasonable as any proposed so far. Perhaps more so. Check out this The Guardian article indicating where – i.e., into whose pockets – Greece's bailout money has gone.

Meanwhile, let's all party like its early Oct. 1929, a couple of months or so after the release of jazz baby Joan Crawford's Our Modern Maidens, and a couple of weeks before you-know-what.

Jean-Luc Godard movies

Well, “Jean-Luc Godard movies” doesn't sound quite right. Let's try instead … among Jean-Luc Godard films – more than 100 of them, including both shorts and features, fiction and non-fiction efforts – are the following:

  • Breathless / À bout de souffle (1960).
    Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo. Jean Seberg.
  • Contempt / Le mépris (1963).
    Cast: Brigitte Bardot. Jack Palance. Michel Piccoli. Fritz Lang. Giorgia Moll.
  • Alphaville (1965).
    Cast: Eddie Constantine. Anna Karina. Akim Tamiroff. Cameo: Jean-Pierre Léaud.
  • Masculin Féminin (1966).
    Cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud. Marlène Jobert. Chantal Goya. Cameos: Brigitte Bardot. Françoise Hardy.
  • Weekend / Week-End (1967).
    Cast: Mireille Darc. Jean Yanne.
  • Tout Va Bien (1972).
    Dir.: Jean-Luc Godard. Jean-Pierre Gorin.
    Cast: Jane Fonda. Yves Montand.
  • Hail Mary / Je vous salue, Marie (1985).
    Cast: Myriem Roussel. Thierry Rode. Philippe Lacoste. Juliette Binoche. Johan Leysen. Anne Gautier.
  • Goodbye to Language / Adieu au langage (2014).
    Cast: Héloïse Godet. Kamel Abdeli. Richard Chevallier. Zoé Bruneau. Christian Gregori. Jessica Erickson. Marie Ruchat. Jeremy Zampatti

Jean-Luc Godard will be turning 85 next Dec. 30.

See also: “Jean-Luc Godard Honorary Oscar: Filmmaker Missing in Action?” and “Jean-Luc Godard 3D Film.”

 

Jean-Luc Godard film credits via the IMDb.

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