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La Fresque by Ballet Preljocaj Power Center 121 Fletcher Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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New Directors/New Films festival 2019 MoMA 11 West 53 Street New York, NY 10019 The Walter Reade Theater 165 W. 65th Street New York, NY 10023
Mar 27
French Literary Evening with Arthur Dreyfus Lycée Français De New York 505 East 75th Street Cultural Center auditorium New York, NY 10021 United States

The Image Book of Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard

Anna Karina descending an otherworldly spiral staircase in ALPHAVILLE. Brigitte Bardot sunning herself in CONTEMPT. Mick Jagger singing “Sympathy for the Devil” in ONE PLUS ONE. These are but a few of the indelible images captured by Jean-Luc Godard’s cameras in a career nearing the 60-year mark.

Godard was the French New Wave’s most radical director in form, with each new work seemingly rewriting the grammar of film. Jump cuts, asynchronous soundtracks, self-narration, cinema as essay, cinema as collage, self-referential cinema, cinema of anarchy – you name it, Godard’s oeuvre redefined cutting-edge. While his stylistic innovations have been adopted by many others, the beautiful chaos of Godard’s world still seems fresh.

The iconoclastic filmmaker’s latest work is THE IMAGE BOOK, a provocative collage film essay that’s both ontological inquiry into the history of the moving image and a commentary on the contemporary world. The Cinematheque will have an exclusive run of the new film in March (with tickets on sale in mid-January); until then, enjoy a weekend of Godard classics, including LE PETIT SOLDAT and MADE IN U.S.A.

Series compiled by Gwen Deglise, Grant Moninger and John Hagelston. Program notes by John Hagelston.