Everything Is Cinema

Everything Is Cinema

The Working Life Of Jean-Luc Godard

Book - 2008
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A landmark biography explores the crucial resonances among the life, work, and times of one of the most influential filmmakers of our age
When Jean-Luc Godard wed the ideals of filmmaking to the realities of autobiography and current events, he changed the nature of cinema. Unlike any earlier films, Godard's work shifts fluidly from fiction to documentary, from criticism to art. The man himself also projects shifting images--cultural hero, fierce loner, shrewd businessman. Hailed by filmmakers as a--if not the--key influence on cinema, Godard has entered the modern canon, a figure as mysterious as he is indispensable.
In Everything Is Cinema , critic Richard Brody has amassed hundreds of interviews to demystify the elusive director and his work. Paying as much attention to Godard's technical inventions as to the political forces of the postwar world, Brody traces an arc from the director's early critical writing, through his popular success with Breathless, to the grand vision of his later years. He vividly depicts Godard's wealthy conservative family, his fluid politics, and his tumultuous dealings with women and fellow New Wave filmmakers.
Everything Is Cinema confirms Godard's greatness and shows decisively that his films have left their mark on screens everywhere.
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Co., 2008.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805068863
Branch Call Number: 791.43023 GOD BRO
791.43023 G57 B676
Characteristics: xv, 701 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.


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Dec 22, 2011

Everything you ever wanted to know about Godard, and probably more than you wanted to know too: a voluminous, verbose, pretentiously written (is this academic? is this for popular reader? Brody appears to have never decided which he intended) -- yet the immense amount of research is impressive and nuggets pop up with regularity though not as often as one would have thought with a tome that so many praised so lavishly... did they READ all of it? See the great Godard movies first (or maybe instead)

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