There is a God and its name is the Film Society of Lincoln Center. My prayers have been answered and now the Son has returned: a full retrospective of the films of Jean-Luc Godard (Beginning October 10th)! So many of these movies are masterpieces and far too many of those are unavailable on DVD/Blu-ray. Now New York finally has the chance to be reunited with the greatest living director of any nationality. It seems like almost everything, if not everything is here: Godard’s early shorts in the 50s, his groundbreaking first features like Breathless and Pierrot le Fou in the 60s, his more left-wing films of the late 60s and 70s, his return to emotional cinema in the 80s, and his recent experiments. Simply put, this retrospective includes the greatest film of all time: Vivre sa Vie.
By watching these films you feel so strongly what Godard feels himself: the love of Hollywood and the Movies, the vitality of life, the coolness of Paris in the 60s shot in Black and White. So this October, please see all of Godard’s classic early 60s gems. But don’t forget that JLG might have made the most great films of anyone ever. Any Godard film you pick is going to be to some degree strange and disconcerting, but Godard is an extreme humanist, desiring beauty, truth, and life to flow out of himself into his films and out into the viewer. Stop in at any showing because for any different film lover you ask, a different Godard film will be their favorite. You can’t go wrong!
Screenings I’m Looking Forward To: Breathless, Vivre sa Vie, Contempt, Pierrot le Fou, 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her…, Wind from the East, Comment Ça Va, Every Man for Himself, King Lear, Nouvelle Vague, Histoire(s) du Cinema.