Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at Seventy Hardcover – January 15, 2004
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- Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (January 15, 2004)
- Language: : English
- Hardcover : 456 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0374163782
- ISBN-13 : 978-0374163785
- Item Weight : 1.81 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.26 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,455,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I do agree that Godard has made too many films for any one critic to account for. It is not MacCabe's fault exactly, but he might have written two books, one on Godard's international career as auteur in the 1960s, and the other of the virtually unknown films. He makes you want to see them on the one hand, but on the other hand one realizes with a sinking heart, well, life's too short!
It's just that the creator of the films doesn't seem to be the sort of person who endures either the scrutiny of a biographer or the acquaintance of people who are not cinematic savants well at all. That surprise though is hardly grounds for the criticism of the book or its subject by one who stands wholly uninjured by both.
Such admiration as this would be charming if it were to any degree justified. A little objective discrimination, presuming Mr MacCabe still believes in such things, would've been far more welcome. This book, however, is founded on the premise that Jean-Luc Godard (a co-founder of the French New Wave) is a film artist of unprecedented importance. That this premise is sheer flapdoodle tends to deflate most of the points Mr MacCabe attempts to make about Godard, or Film, or European culture for that matter.