December 3, 2013

Jean-Luc Godard (born 3 December 1930)

Jean-Luc Godard, Berlin 1961. Photo by F.C. Gundlach

A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.
Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second.
 You don't make a movie, the movie makes you.
I make film to make time pass.
To me style is just the outside of content, and content the inside of style, like the outside and the inside of the human body - both go together, they can't be separated. 
Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.
The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn’t. 
It's not where you take things from — it's where you take them to.
In my cinema, there are never any intentions. It's not me inventing this empty auditorium. I don't want to say anything, I try to show, or to get feeling across, or to allow something else to be said after the fact.
The truth is that there is no terror untempered by some great moral idea.
All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.

 I consider myself as an essayist, I make essays in the form of novels or novels in the form of essays: only I film them instead of writing them. If the cinema were to disappear I would move on to television, and if television were to disappear, I would go back to using pencil and paper.  -- Jean-Luc Godard

On the set of:
 Le mépris / A megvetés, 1963

 Une femme est une femme / Az asszony az asszony, 1961

 Une femme est une femme / Az asszony az asszony, 1961

 On the set of Masculin, féminin / Hímnem, nőnem, 1966

 Pierrot le fou / A bolond Pierrot, 1965

Behind the scenes of Vivre sa vie / Éli az életét, 1962

Le petit soldat / A kis katona, 1963

Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina, Cannes, 1962

A still frame from Jacques Rivette’s film Paris Belongs to Us shows 
Jean-Luc Godard as he holds a newspaper where he wrote “Tu es adorable”

(Sources: Corbis, The Redlist, IMDb, Brainyquote, Wikiquote, Goodreads)

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