Wheeler Winston Dixon's new book presents a macroscopic view of Godard's career to date, covering every film or video he has ever made. It is divided into five chapters, which correspond more or less to the five film-making periods of MacCabe's biographical schema, except that he divides the New Wave into two at Le Mepris, an elegy for a decayed studio system (incarnated in Fritz Lang) which he sees as marking an irreversible disenchantment with the industry, portraying Prokosch, the producer (played by Jack Palance) as 'simultaneously ruthless, vain, childish, arrogant, stupid, greedy, self-deluding'. -- London Review of Books, September 17, 1998
About the Author
Wheeler Winston Dixon is Professor of English and Chair of the Film Studies Program at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is the author or editor of ten books, including Re-Viewing British Cinema and It Looks At You: The Returned Gaze of Cinema, both published by SUNY Press, and co-producer and co-director of the hour-long documentary "Women Who Made the Movies" (1991). His films have been screened at The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of the Moving Image (London), The Jewish Museum, the San Francisco Cinematheque, and elsewhere.