Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard

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Macmillan, May 13, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 701 pages
A landmark biography explores the crucial resonances among the life, work, and times of one of the most influential filmmakers of our age
When Jean-Luc Godard wed the ideals of filmmaking to the realities of autobiography and current events, he changed the nature of cinema. Unlike any earlier films, Godard's work shifts fluidly from fiction to documentary, from criticism to art. The man himself also projects shifting images--cultural hero, fierce loner, shrewd businessman. Hailed by filmmakers as a--if not the--key influence on cinema, Godard has entered the modern canon, a figure as mysterious as he is indispensable.
In Everything Is Cinema, critic Richard Brody has amassed hundreds of interviews to demystify the elusive director and his work. Paying as much attention to Godard's technical inventions as to the political forces of the postwar world, Brody traces an arc from the director's early critical writing, through his popular success with Breathless, to the grand vision of his later years. He vividly depicts Godard's wealthy conservative family, his fluid politics, and his tumultuous dealings with women and fellow New Wave filmmakers.
Everything Is Cinema confirms Godard's greatness and shows decisively that his films have left their mark on screens everywhere.

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This is a really well-done book, I quite enjoyed it. My only qualms are that the author continuously refers to Godard as having anti-Semitic tendencies and also that almost all of his films were made ... Read full review

EVERYTHING IS CINEMA: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard

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Meticulously detailed biography of the renowned filmmaker, from his early days as a critic to success as director of such classic French New Wave films as Contempt and Alphaville.Born in 1930, art ... Read full review


one We do not think we are thought
two A matter of loving or dying
three Breathless
four Le Petit Soldat
Les Carabiniers
seven Contempt
eight Montparnasse et Levallois
nine A Married Woman
Know About Her
seventeen Restoration 19731977
et al 19781979
nineteen Sauve qui peut la vie
twentythree kinglear
twentyfour Histoires du cinéma Part 1
twentyseven Hélas pour moi JLGJLG Histoires
twentyeight For Ever Mozart Histoires

eleven Alphaville
twelve Pierrot le fou
thirteen Masculine Feminine
twentynine Eloge de lamour
thirty Notre Musique

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Richard Brody, a film critic and editor at The New Yorker, is also an independent filmmaker who lives in New York City. Everything Is Cinema is his first book.

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