In May when Film Misery was just getting back on its feet I decided to appreciate the career of a filmmaker that I was very familiar with. For June I decided to pose myself a challenge – watch and review the films of a legendary filmmaker whose work I have criminally been neglectful of in my movie watching career.
Jean-Luc Godard is one of the most influential filmmakers of all-time. He has directed over 90 films in his career that spans six decades and continues to make movies well into his 80s. His latest project Film Socialisme was one of the talks of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival for its complete subversion of traditional cinema. Even some of the wisest critics in the business couldn’t put their finger on exactly what the film was trying to do.
Godard was a prominent member of the French New Wave movement that also included Francois Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, and Eric Rohmer. The filmmakers each began as critics for the famous film magazine “Cahiers du cinema” where they critiqued the works of legends like John Ford and Alfred Hitchcock. Godard was often considered the most extreme of the New Wavers. His films were rich with existentialism and often portrayed his Marxist ideologies.
Join me during the month of June in watching and reviewing the films of the great Jean-Luc Godard. Some of the films I will be reviewing include:
- Pierrot le fou
- Masculin feminin
- 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her
Stay tuned for features, an ultimate quiz, a best movies poll and more about the great Jean-Luc Godard.
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