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The indispensable site UbuWeb once again proves its indispensabilityness. Click here to watch the 45 minute film of J-L Godard and J-P Gorin’s 1970 tour of American universities (ham-fisted screenshot above) in search of funding for a never-completed film supporting the Palestinain struggle (North of Onhava studiously avoids taking political positions and is not about to start now). Interesting (to me) mostly because you rarely get to hear Godard speak English, and his accent is funny.

 

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This extraordinary item appeared in the New Yorker last week (at least it appeared online last week; I no longer subscribe to the print weekly and also I killed the book industry,  just for fun). I only discovered it this morning because I do have other things to do, you know. Get off my iCloud, okay?

Richard Brody, the movies editor for that magazine’s “Goings On About Town” and a Godard scholar who’s written a very fine book called Everything is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard compiled for the NYer a brief log of his experiences tracking down and watching Godard movies over the course of three decades, in the dark pre-Criterion days when you actually had to search out rare showings of his movies, and if you missed one you were just out of luck, buster. (In fact, some of the mid-70s movies he talks about are still unavailable on DVD and rarely shown.)

It’s a useful reminder, to me at least, that not everything that happened in the last decade or so has been a harbinger of impending doom leading us blindly down the primrose path towards our destruction. Or something like that. If you feel yourself in need of a brief refresher on the recent history of film, you should read Mr. Brody’s story.

michael roberts rexxfield | George Tkalych | Alfred T Culbreth

 

JLG, some guy, Bardot: Studios Victorine, Nice, 1963

“Jean-Luc Godard isn’t the only one who films the way he breathes, but he breathes the best.”

– François Truffaut, L’Avant-Scène, 1967

Source: The Criterion Collection

I’ve been meaning to post this forever. And keep forgetting. For the occasion of his 80th birthday, Atelier Carvalho Bernau Design created a Jean-Luc Godard font that more or less recreates the font JLG has generally used for his titles, intertitles, and credits sequences since… forever.

You can download the font for free here. And use it to create silly things like the hastily-composed hommage above.