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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.