films seen
13/80
average score
2.34*
nationality
France - 91 years old
status
R.I.P. (1930 - 2022)
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One of the spiritual fathers of the French New Wave. I like how fresh his older work still feels, his more recent experiments on the other hand appear a bit out of touch. A man whose films are impossible to ignore if you're serious about cinema.

Solid pieces

Contempt

Le Mépris
1963 / 102m - France
Romance
3.5*/5.0*
Contempt poster

The inoffensive

Our Music

Notre Musique
2004 / 80m - France
Drama
3.0*/5.0*
Our Music poster

Week-End

Week End
1967 / 105m - France
Comedy, Adventure
3.0*/5.0*
Week-End poster

Alphaville

Alphaville, une Étrange Aventure de Lemmy Caution
1965 / 99m - France
Sci-fi, Mystery, Thriller
3.0*/5.0*
Alphaville poster

Crazy Pete

Pierrot le Fou
1965 / 110m - France
Drama, Crime
3.0*/5.0*
Crazy Pete poster

Breathless

À Bout de Souffle
1960 / 90m - France
Romance, Crime
3.0*/5.0*
Breathless poster

Dubious filler

Film Socialisme

2010 / 102m - France
Experimental
2.0*/5.0*
Film Socialisme poster

It's nice that some directors want to be experimental and explore new ways to push cinema as an artform. Godard used to be very good at it, but ever since he's been embracing new technologies his work has become so crude and blunt that it can be difficult to watch. The potential is there, the execution isn't.

2 or 3 Things I Know about Her

2 ou 3 Choses Que Je Sais d'Elle
1967 / 87m - France
Comedy, Drama
2.0*/5.0*
2 or 3 Things I Know about Her poster

Band of Outsiders

Bande à Part
1964 / 95m - France
Comedy, Crime
2.0*/5.0*
Band of Outsiders poster

My Life to Live

Vivre Sa Vie: Film en Douze Tableaux
1962 / 85m - France
Drama
2.0*/5.0*
My Life to Live poster

Plain forgettable

Goodbye to Language

Adieu au Langage
2014 / 70m - France
Experimental
1.5*/5.0*
Goodbye to Language poster

Big nopes

Histoire(s) du Cinéma

1989 / 267m - France
Documentary, Experimental
1.0*/5.0*
Histoire(s) du Cinéma poster

I wasn't aware this was a Godard-led project. I figured it was just a documentary series looking back at the history of cinema. Not my favorite topic, but no doubt interesting enough. Five minutes in I realized what I had gotten myself into. It's not that I hate Godard, it's just that my appreciation is mostly for his early work. Once he set off on his quest to find true cinema, the man kind of lost me.

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This isn't a very traditional documentary, instead it's another one of Godard's crazy cut & paste jobs, sporting textual overlays, meandering voice-overs and very crude editing techniques. It's very low on factual content, it's hard to appreciate any of the references since they're so cut up and it gets a bit too artistic for its own good.

The problem for me is that I simply don't care for Godard's modern style. It looks sloppy, crude and cheap. The idea is nice enough, but the execution is substandard. At least the later episodes are a bit shorter and contain slightly more information, but overall this was a very disappointing series.