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    Jean-Luc Godard’s Late Films: A Primer

    In 1960, Jean-Luc Godard’s first feature film, Breathless, would make him an icon of French cinema, inaugurating a career that has consistently expanded society’s definitions and expectations of cinema. That film alone would have reason enough to consider him an important filmmaker, but Godard went on to direct fourteen more features through 1967, culminating with […] More

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    Gorgeous ‘Pierrot Le Fou’ Poster by Yuko Shimizu

    You can find some of the most beautiful movie posters over at Black Dragon Press. Take for instance these two gorgeous prints for Pierrot Le Fou by the inimitable Yuko Shimizu, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Jean Luc Godard’s subversive masterpiece. With regular work for Vertigo, DC Comics, The New Yorker, The New […] More

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    ‘JLG/JLG: self-portrait in December’

    “I disappear between these two moments of speech/ self-portrait not autobiography” – Jean-Luc Godard Never has Godard been so melancholic and comedic in one film. JLG/JLG: self-portrait in December (hereafter referred to as JLG/JLG) is a portrait of an artist, the artist of cinema, at sixty four. Part documentary, part film essay, JLG/JLG is a […] More

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    50 Best Films of 2014

    15. The Immigrant  – If one were to rank the films of 2014 based solely on innovation, The Immigrant would probably end up near the bottom. Writer-director James Gray’s languid melodrama tells the tumultuous story of a resilient Polish woman looking to find a slice of the American Dream, without much in the way of […] More

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    50 Best Films of 2014

    40. Night Moves Since 2006, Kelly Reichardt has found a way to reach inside of the hearts of her audiences, plucking out strings one by one with desolate re-imaginations of the American Pacific Northwest, seen through the eyes of people not so different than ourselves. With Meek’s Cutoff, she departed from her typical genre and moved […] More

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    The look of Godard’s ‘First Name: Carmen’ offsets the cruelty displayed on screen

    “If I love you, that’s the end of you.” — Carmen x

    Following Passion (1982) and Scenario du film passion (1982), Jean-Luc Godard directed First Name: Carmen (1983), starring Marushka Detmers, Jacques Bonnaffe, and himself. Godard was inspired by Otto Preminger’s Carmen Jones (1954), a musical-comedy about a woman that seduces a soldier ordered to escort her to the authorities. Preminger’s film is an adaptation of a 1943 stage production by Oscar Hammerstein II, which is itself an adaptation of the 1845 novella Carmen by Prospere Merimee. Anne-Marie Mieville was very interested in writing a script that was similar to the spirit of Preminger’s film, and Godard loved that film as well but wanted to change the music. Exit Bizet’s music and enter Beethoven’s “Late Quartets”, which are integral for First Name: Carmen. More

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    Obsessed with Pop Culture: Best of the Week

    The Hype Cycle: Contenders Arrive in Theaters Excuse the absence in this column for the last few weeks. I’ve been covering the Chicago International Film Festival, catching up with a few of the Foreign Language Oscar contenders while there. Now however, many of these movies are finally making their ways into theaters, providing an extra […] More

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