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  • Series: SUNY Series Cultural Studies in Cinema/Video
  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press; First edition (March 6, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791432866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791432860
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,195,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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.

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Wheeler Winston Dixon is the Ryan Professor of Film Studies, Coordinator of the Film Studies Program, and Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

His many books include Streaming: Movies, Media and Instant Access (University Press of Kentucky, 2013); Death of The Moguls: The End of Classical Hollywood (Rutgers University Press, 2012); 21st Century Hollywood: Movies in the Era of Transformation (co-authored with Gwendolyn Audrey Foster; Rutgers University Press, 2011); A History of Horror (Rutgers University Press, 2010; reprinted 2011; also available as an audio book from Redwood Audiobooks, 2012); Film Noir and the Cinema of Paranoia (Edinburgh University Press / Rutgers University Press, 2009); and A Short History of Film (co-authored with Gwendolyn Audrey Foster; Rutgers University Press, 2008; second revised edition 2012).

His text blog, Frame by Frame, and a series of videos by Dixon on film history, theory and criticism, also titled Frame by Frame, can be found on the web. In 2003, Dixon was honored with a retrospective of his films at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and his films were acquired for the permanent collection of the Museum, in both print and original format.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr René Codoni on July 22, 2012
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Wheeler Winston Dixon, The Films of Jean-Luc Godard
Paperback, June 1997, Suny Series, Cultural Studies in Cinema/Video

One of the most important, controversial, and prolific filmmakers in film history, and a founder of French New Wave cinema, Jean-Luc Godard has maintained an unbroken string of films in various genres and mediums from the late 1950s onward. Godard has established a reputation as a rebel who can work within and outside the system, producing films that are creative, breathtakingly beautiful, and yet commercial enough to earn back their production costs. In this book, Wheeler Winston Dixon offers an overview of all of Godard's work as a filmmaker, including his work for television and his ethnographic work in Africa. Free from the jargon and value judgments that have marred much of what has been written about Godard, this is the only book that covers the entirety of Godard's career, from his early film criticism for Cahiers du Cinema to his most recent video/film work. Illustrated with forty-six rare stills and researched in detail, it is the Godard book for the 1990s. (Publisher's Description, Paperback edition).

210pp text: 1-The theory of production, 2-The exhaustion of narrative, 3-Jean-Pierre Gorin and the Dziga Vertov Group, 4-Anne-Marie Miéville and the Sonimage Workshop, 5-Fin du Cinéma,
80pp annex: Filmography, Bibliography, Index.

For once, (thanks God) not a magnum opus with all its biographical and amorous pitfalls like McCabe and Brody, more like Richard Roud's early book in the Cinema one series, though the latter only went up to and including Weekend. On this period, Dixon spends chapters 1 (before Le mépris) and 2.
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