Jean-Luc Godard…


…turns 80 today, in case you thought he was dead.

3 thoughts on “Jean-Luc Godard…

  1. That was quite interesting, immediately knew it was going to have some references to his best film ‘Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome’, which has wonderful goblets with strange nectars drunk by old queens in it. Oh yes, this was much better than that atrocious David Lynch ‘Noir Dior Over Shanghai’, in which Marion Cotillard’s hair isn’t even made sleek. Rilly just misogynistic if you ask me. And especially since they made the Eurasian Supremacist Male all John Thain of Shanghai Stock Exchange have slicked-down look, but that didn’t help at all. It was just awful. The ‘radiation look’ of the bag is not very original either. Dejan loved it just because he thinks everything David Lynch does is wonderful, and has watched Inland Empire some 200 times, my guess.

    This has much less ‘tight-assedness’ to it, and the music even works, although outside the little film-ad it might as well just sell at an incense store. That Lynch ad, maybe 16 minutes was it? had a cynical impotence to it, all smug, reminds of appearances of Jeremy Irons back in the 80s, whether being aging-coy about Bugs Bunny or asking in a PBS pledge for ‘hahhd, cold cahsh’. Quite insufferable.
    this was surprisingly refreshing, and Anger still has it. I like both of his Babylon books, although I’m told they’re full of inaccuracies.

    I had no idea Godard was that young, I thought surely he was 90 if he was a day. I like a few of the films, but not that much–‘Contempt’, ‘A Woman is a Woman’ (rilly just misogynistic…I’m just quoting, you know–at least you could call Anna Karina a ‘muse’, whereas now we’re expected to respect Laura Dern and Uma Thurman, which is part of the famous steady depletion, long sought by philosophers the world over) ‘Alphaville’, and ‘Weekend’ are all good, but I always think there’s something missing from his work–too dry somehow, although Belmondo helped. I abhor ‘La Chinoise’ even with Jean-Pierre Leaud bullshitting the Maoist propaganda.

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