September 23, 2023
1552.) Returning to a favorite cinematic deity, this week I review and show scenes from a recent documentary about none other than Uncle Jean, GODARD, SEUL LE CINEMA (2022). This documentary was finished before JLG died so it contains no ruminations on his death, but director Cyril Leuthy does do what few other Godard docs have done – namely, lend equal importance to the work JLG did after 1968, from his radical Dziga-Vertov group period through the Eighties “comeback” through HISTOIRE(S) DU CINEMA. In the process, a number of French critics and biographers weigh in on Godard’s methods and unique behavior; also heard from are some of his actresses, from Marina Vlady and Macha Meril to Hanna Schyulla and Julie Delpy.