Jean-Luc Godard: Articles

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

Jean-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 […]

'Les Misérables' Trailer: Anne Hathaway Show-Stopper

Les Misérables trailer is out. (Please scroll down.) You can hear Anne Hathaway's miserable Fantine singing “I dreamed that love would never die … I had a dream my life would be so different from this hell I'm living.” All the while, dialogue-less bits from the film are shown featuring […]

'Breathless' Review: Jean-Luc Godard Wildly Overrated Classic?

Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Breathless The fact that an artist writes boringly to convey boredom, or childishly to convey puerility, has no effect on the resultant work being neither boring nor puerile. Self-awareness of a flaw does not alleviate the flaw. For that to not be true, intent in art […]

Roman Polanski & Jean Luc-Godard: European Film Awards' Semi-Finalists

Mathias Domahidy in Jean-Luc Godard's Film Socialisme. Jean-Luc Godard's mind-boggling Film Socialisme, Semih Kaplanoglu's Berlin Film Festival winner Bal / Honey, Roman Polanski's thriller The Ghost Writer, Samuel Maoz's 2009 Venice Film Festival winner Lebanon, Ferzan Ozpetek's (gay) family comedy Loose Cannons, Sam Taylor Wood's young John Lennon biopic Nowhere […]

Jean-Luc Godard Honorary Oscar: Filmmaker Missing in Action?

Oct. 25 update: Shocking news. Jean-Luc Godard has “regretfully” notified Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak that he will not pick up his Honorary Award in person at the Governors Awards on Nov. 13. The notification followed “a two-month-long cordial exchange of correspondence” between Godard and […]

Jean-Luc Godard, Eli Wallach Honorary Oscar Recipients

Jean-Luc Godard (above), Eli Wallach (right), Kevin Brownlow, and Francis Ford Coppola have been chosen as the recipients of the 2010 special Academy Awards. Godard, Brownlow, and Wallach will receive Honorary Awards; Coppola will be handed the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. No Jean Hersholt Award (for “good deeds”) will […]

'Five Easy Pieces,' 'Breathless' & Ivor Novello: bfi Southbank

Jack Nicholson, Five Easy Pieces (top); Ivor Novello, Mabel Poulton, The Constant Nymph (middle); Jean Seberg, Breathless (bottom) Bob Rafelson's biting social critique Five Easy Pieces (1970), starring Jack Nicholson and Karen Black; Adrian Brunel's silent romantic drama The Constant Nymph (1928), a tale of “forbidden love” starring stage and […]

'Killers' Ashton Kutcher-Katherine Heigl Bombs & Audiences Truly Tired of Unoriginal Fare?

Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr in Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2 (top); Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis in Michael Patrick King's Sex and the City 2 (upper middle); Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf in Michael Bay's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (lower middle); Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson in Chris […]

Jean Seberg Interview, 'Breathless' Box Office

Jean Seberg's association with Jean-Luc Godard's A bout de souffle / Breathless (1960) was the key subject of a q&a that took place in 1968. Veteran Hollywood publicist Harry Clein was the interviewer. At the time, Seberg, who became an international star following the release of Breathless, was working on […]

Cannes: Jean-Luc Godard 'Film Socialism' Enthralls, Puzzles & Bores

Mathias Domahidy in Jean-Luc Godard's Film Socialisme “Film Socialisme is indeed like an uncertainly remembered dream. Its first section appears to take place on a cruise ship: various disjointed sequences follow one another; then we shift to a family-owned petrol station somewhere in France. A confrontation between French and German […]

TCM Classic Film Festival: From Judy Garland to Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg in Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (top); Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire in Mark Sandrich's Top Hat (upper middle); Steve Sekely's Day of the Triffids (lower middle); Jack La Rue (right) in No Orchids for Miss Blandish (bottom) Screened last night at the TCM Classic Film Festival, currently taking […]

Cannes Un Certain Regard: Manoel de Oliveira, 101, Xavier Dolan, 21

More from Cannes 2010. The Un Certain Regard sidebar promises to be about as interesting as – if not more interesting than – the main competition. What with Jean-Luc Godard's documentary Socialisme and Cristi Puiu's Aurora. Not to mention 101-year-old Manoel de Oliveira (Angelica) competing with 21-year-old Xavier Dolan (Heartbeats). […]

Cannes Line-Up: Jean-Luc Godard & Woody Allen

Juliette Binoche, the star of Abbas Kiarostami's The Certified Copy, also stars on the Cannes 2010 poster (Courtesy Cannes Film Festival / © Brigitte Lacombe. Graphic design Annick Durban) The films in the running for Palme d'Or and other awards at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival were announced Thursday morning […]

TCM Classic Film Festival: 'A Star Is Born' & 'Metropolis'

Judy Garland in A Star Is Born (top); Brigitte Helm in Metropolis (middle); Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg in Breathless (bottom) Turner Classic Movies' first-ever TCM Classic Film Festival, which will be held on April 22-25, 2010, in Hollywood, will feature the world premiere of a newly restored edition of George […]

Berlin Film Festival: Play it Again …! Series

As per The Hollywood Reporter, the Berlin International Film Festival will mark its 60th anniversary with the retrospective “Play it Again …!,” featuring 40 films compiled by British film critic David Thomson from previous Berlin festivals. Among them are Curzio Malaparte's The Forbidden Christ, Alf Sjoberg's Miss Julie, starring Anita […]

Anna Karina & Jean-Luc Godard Collaborations on DVD

Made in U.S.A. (1966) Dir.: Jean-Luc Godard Scr.: Jean-Luc Godard; from Donald E. Westlake's novel Cast: Anna Karina, László Szabó, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Marianne Faithfull, Yves Afonso   2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle / 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967) Dir. / Scr.: Jean-Luc Godard […]

'Contempt' Movie Review: Brigitte Bardot and Jean-Luc Godard

Of the films I've seen so far of French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard, his best is Le Mépris / Contempt (1963), adapted by Godard from Alberto Moravia's novel Il Disprezzo (published in English as The Ghost at Noon). That statement should not be taken as an acknowledgement of greatness, […]