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Not as good as I expected or hoped it would be.
on April 1, 2014
I have studied cinema and film theory, and therefore seen all of his films including the films he made with Jean-Pierre Gorin a.k.a Dziga Vertov Group, ... and must admit, that if one wants to understand and find out more about Godard, one better watch his films. The book's first half is a tedious read, painful at times due to the fact that Godard is a critic of the kind he will later on in his career loath, --namely the kind that is unkind and destructive in its criticism. Not that the films he criticizes are good, but having read books by filmmakers such as Antonioni, Tarkovsky, Buñuel, Wenders, Rossellini, Dovzhenko, ... even the beautiful book Ruiz wrote: vol. 1 (whose films are not exactly amongst my favorites), I have to say I am quite disappointed with what I think could have been much better and positive.
Admittedly, there are few highlights in the book, Godard's writing on montage and three interviews: 1) Renoir, 2) Rossellini and 3) Godard himself among them, and perhaps the last third of the book ... but the rest is not really worth the struggle. Watch his films, and read some good film theory, and you will be enriched way beyond this book. If you want to get a feel for the Nouvelle Vague, start with the "anthology" books of the Cahiers, by editors such as Jim Hillier or David Wilson.