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#976 Post by knives » Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:39 pm

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#977 Post by accatone » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:01 am

I have no idea if this is any good and/or authentic. But it looks like that some members here are from the NYC area, so they may take a look into this.
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#978 Post by hearthesilence » Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:32 pm

The Museum of the Moving Image is screening a 35mm print of Histoire(s) du Cinema on Sunday, January 28 at 4 p.m. (Didn't Godard cut and output this on video editing decks? Didn't realize he had made a film print.)

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#979 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:13 pm

As I remember it, all of the original footage (the interviews, etc.) was pretty obviously shot on video as well. I can't find any other reference to a 35mm version of Histoire(s), and when Moments choisis appeared it was considered distinct from the original series in large part because it existed on 35mm. So I'm thinking they only recently transferred Histoire(s) to 35mm (which would be desirable from a preservation standpoint if nothing else) or the listing is wrong (my personal guess).

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#980 Post by hearthesilence » Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:53 pm

I did a cursory search on Google, and apparently a "highlights" compilation was indeed created and transferred to 35mm. This would have been before the spring of 2008, when the first DVDs of the entire thing was released. However, I haven't turned up anything about the entire work being made available on 35mm prints.

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#981 Post by domino harvey » Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:29 pm

There is zero reason to see this in 35mm

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#982 Post by accatone » Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:44 pm

But there are 2 or 3 reasons to see this on a big screen & with propper sound -

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#983 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:47 pm

hearthesilence wrote:I did a cursory search on Google, and apparently a "highlights" compilation was indeed created and transferred to 35mm. This would have been before the spring of 2008, when the first DVDs of the entire thing was released. However, I haven't turned up anything about the entire work being made available on 35mm prints.
The "highlights" compilation is the Moments choisis I mentioned, though it's been reworked enough that I'm leery of that description—it's more than just the best chunks from each episode laid end to end. It doesn't seem to have ever been officially released on video (a Japanese DVD was announced but canceled), though it's circulating unofficially.
domino harvey wrote:There is zero reason to see this in 35mm
There's no reason to see it for the sake of 35mm (though as I've said, I don't think that's what this actually is), but I have seen it theatrically (on video) and felt it worked fine in that context, source quality issues and all. The downside is they'll most likely be using the maddeningly abbreviated original subtitles rather than the more comprehensive jobs seen on some of the DVD releases.

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#984 Post by hearthesilence » Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:30 pm

The Fanciful Norwegian wrote:The "highlights" compilation is the Moments choisis I mentioned, though it's been reworked enough that I'm leery of that description—it's more than just the best chunks from each episode laid end to end.
Ah, never mind then. The "highlights" description comes from a review written on the DVD release by James S. Williams. I was not aware of Moments choisis until you mentioned it, but digging deep into what little French I know, I can now see the translation is more or less "choice moments," though I guess it shouldn't be taken too literally.

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#985 Post by spoon99 » Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:49 am

Any thoughts on Gaumont's "Godard Politique"box set? I bought this with gritted teeth, expecting it to be a chore, but it's proven to be surprisingly enjoyable. I supplemented it with few films that aren't in the box set and did a mini-retrospective.

It's fascinating to see how the films changed as Godard went from a (self-described) "bourgeois making revolutionary films" to "a revolutionary filmmaker."

As mentioned, the extras don't have English subtitles, but Antoine de Baecque's French in very understandable (hélas, not Gorin's) and he provides a lot of interesting background material. One anecdote: Godard really did want to do a "film by committee," so he got together a group of 30, but after two weeks of meetings, they couldn't agree an anything, so he called in Gorin. The result was "Un Film comme les autres" (say what you will :) )

My recommendation so far is 'Pravda,' which is brief (67 min. IIRC) and more focused than some, as Godard's sustained criticism of "revisionists" in the then-Czechoslovakia.

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#987 Post by Petty Bourgeoisie » Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:13 am

Le Livre D’Image announced as being in competition at Cannes. Also Pierrot Le Fou featured on the official 2018 poster. Where can I get one of those?

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#988 Post by Oedipax » Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:03 am

Trailer (or perhaps more of a teaser) for Le livre d'image:

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It's rather much like the credits sequences at the end of his films. We have some audio from the ending of Contempt (with JLG as the A.D. saying "Moteur") and then afterwards some of Hans Otte's work last used by JLG in Notre musique (from Otte's The Book of Sounds).

The glimpses of image that we do get are incredible, the texture and color and movement of it. I hope this is every bit as psychedelic as Adieu au langage aside from remaining in 2D.

Another bit I spotted - in the flashing title text at the end, a few frames of on-screen text from Ici et ailleurs referencing the Arabian Nights: "Peut-être que dans mille et un jours, Shéhérazade racontera tout cela différement." / "Perhaps in a thousand and one nights, Scheherazade would recount all of this differently."

We also see what appears to be a credit for Michael Bay's 13 Hours, and my favorite French rendering of an English title ever, Les Dents de la mer aka Jaws. :)

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#989 Post by dda1996a » Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:58 am

I hope we aren't going to get another Spielberg harangue

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#990 Post by Oedipax » Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:37 pm

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The names are of extreme interest - Godard / Battagia (Jean-Pierre, Godard's assistant) / Aragno (Fabrice, Godard's DP/collaborator) / Brenez (Nicole, perhaps our finest living writer on film).

Her writing in recent years has sought to unearth all manner of unknown cinema, so it's fitting that she's credited (according to the French wiki article on the film) with 'Archéologie.' With a particular interest in experimental and politically radical filmmaking, you can see some of that influence in other names spotted in the trailer, like Hollis Frampton or La Commune (Peter Watkins, maybe, but also perhaps a 1914 film by the filmmaker & anarchist Armand Guerra).

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#991 Post by Oedipax » Wed May 09, 2018 2:34 pm

A new short film by Godard has appeared online today: Vent d'ouest.

It's a response to what is happening now in Notre-Dame-des-Landes in France - the destruction of land for yet another airport - and to the collective known as ZAD.

There's a little more about it here.

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#992 Post by dda1996a » Wed May 09, 2018 6:47 pm

My French is nonexistent, anywhere I can watch this with English subs?

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#993 Post by Oedipax » Wed May 09, 2018 8:24 pm

I imagine they'll follow pretty shortly! It's a poetic text about the passage from the era of cinéastes to that of techniciens, cinema becoming "an organ of capitalism." From gestures to technique, to the visual becoming a realm of surveillance, fear and death. It's very much a continuation of Je vous salue, Sarajevo, where he uses some of the same language regarding "The Rule" and "The Exception" to talk about the chasm between art and 'culture'.

It ends on a more hopeful note:
"Et dans ces structures de béton, fleurit toujours dans les interstices, là où l’humidité subsiste encore, cette herbe que l’on dit invasive, lorsqu’elle ne fait que nous protéger de l’érosion. Et c’est le gourbi, le Far West, les sans nom."
"And in these structures of concrete, still flourishing in the cracks, there where humidity persists, this grass we call invasive, when it does nothing but protect us from erosion. And that's the hovel, the Far West, the nameless."

My translation is lacking, but hopefully that conveys some of it. The word he uses, gourbi, which I'm calling 'hovel', describes a crudely built living structure (such as a tent or a hut) in North Africa (Algeria in particular), but also is used to describe some of the improvised structures (like this, where the sign reads 'Alliance of Struggles,') built by Zadistes at NDDL.

A couple more items: The open letter to Godard (calling for the shut down of the Cannes festival, as in 68) that may have spurred the creation of this short as a response; and the film's press kit featuring, if not exactly a review, then certainly a strong response from critic Bernard Eisenschitz to the film.

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#994 Post by Oedipax » Thu May 10, 2018 3:27 pm

Word is coming today that this short is very likely an elaborate (and very well made) hoax!

A couple tweets attest to this, including one quoting Fabrice Aragno.

I was certainly taken in by it! Whoever did Godard's voice is quite convincing. Part of me still won't entirely accept it as fake without some more direct kind of confirmation.

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#995 Post by colinr0380 » Thu May 10, 2018 4:41 pm

Whatever we find out about it, we know that it is too Godardian to have been made by Michel Hazanavicius.

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#997 Post by quim_font » Fri May 11, 2018 1:18 pm

Are there any decent region A DVD releases of Nouvelle Vague and In Praise of Love? I know there is a New Yorker release of In Praise, but it seems to be an awful PAL transfer.

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#998 Post by Oedipax » Sat May 12, 2018 3:23 pm

The only Nouvelle vague DVD I'm aware of is the r2/PAL Cahiers du Cinéma one (sold in a 2-disc set with Passion). Likewise the best transfer of Éloge de l'amour is, by far, the Cahiers 2-disc set with Notre musique. If memory serves, all four titles have english subs included.

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#1000 Post by Oedipax » Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:56 pm

And what a fantastic interview it is - although, on a more melancholic note, the transcript (and JLG's own words) make it clear that Godard is struggling more with his recall of words and memories these days. That having been said, he's still extremely lucid overall. I found the link between Godard, Marina Vlady, and her late husband, Vladimir Vysotsky, particularly interesting (one of Vysotsky's songs appears in Le livre d'image). Vysotsky's own story, particularly the events surrounding and leading up to his death, are pretty harrowing to read about.

It's also interesting to note that it seems like, as far as Godard and Aragno are concerned, the only officially sanctioned way of experiencing Le livre d'image is via one of the four announced installations to come hopefully later this year. While they have sold the rights elsewhere, in the U.S. for instance, they seem rather dismissive of the idea of watching it in a regular cinema setting. I'm quite thankful, of course, that we will be getting a more traditional release (particularly one that should lead to a home video edition).

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