My name has the perfect number of characters.
Petit’s Mobile Station, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
photo by George Tice, 1974
This photograph captures an essence.
Dir. Jean-Luc Godard
Cinematographer: Raoul Coutard
I just watched Two in the Wave, a wonderful documentary about the friendship and the eventual disregard between Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut. I highly recommend the film if you are interested in how these cinéastes approached cinema. Jean-Pierre Léaud also figures prominently in the documentary. In some sense, he was the son to both directors, and now reflecting on it, it is a testament to his incredible acting that he could work with Truffaut and Godard.
Jean-Luc Godard, French New Wave film director: b. Dec. 3, 1930…
Photo of Godard directing Brigitte Bardot in Contempt (adapted from a novel by Alberto Moravia), 1963…
All hail Godard.
An Interview with Robert Bresson. Cannes. 1983
“It irritates me when people describe my films as works. That word simply doesn’t describe my films. What they are, I know Godard said this, but I said it long before him: my films are attempts, strivings. They are striving towards something that I know to be the final truth of the cinematograph. I’m following a path that I can see quite clearly, and I’m still traveling it, without yet having reached perfection. But I think I’ll get there.”
really want to start using “strivings” as a synonym for a director’s films. “akira kurosawa’s humanist ethos, as evident in his previous strivings, blah blah blah.” people would love that, i’m sure. although, while it’s a titanic filmmaker who coined the term, it seems most applicable when writing about the contemporary likes of Brett Ratner, whose efforts are only movies so far as the dictionary is concerned.