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Visually, Godard provides us with a collage of clips from Chaplin, Hitchcock, Rossellini, Vigo, Renoir, Cocteau, and countless other films intermixed with art history stills & all is accompanied by both a musical soundtrack and a poetic "narrative" (sometimes in Godard's voice, sometimes in a kind of Alphaville distorted voice & sometimes the narrative is read by select actresses who perform the narrative as if it were a script they are learning). This multi-media collage is ripe with suggestive juxtapositions but any stable or solid meanings dissolve as quick as each image. In telling these histories, Godard allows himself more than a margin of indefiniteness.
Certain phrases nonetheless resonate:
"We are one another."
"The myths by which we live are contradictory."
"Cinema has always yearned to be more real than life."
At one point Godard is interviewing a film historian who claims that the New Wave filmmakers were perfectly situated to tell the history of cinema because they arrived at a moment when film had a history that was rich but short enough to be absorbed by a single generation.Read more ›
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After reading a promising review of Godard's "Histoires du cinema" which sounded intriguing, I bought the silly thing. Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by cas
Cinema doesn't deserve to be treated this amateurishly. I realize this is personal statement, but his disconnected use of film images and his utterly pointless narrative don't... Read morePublished on January 26, 2012 by slc789