Jean-Luc Godard (born 3 December 1930) Paris, France. is a French film director, whose works include the films Alphaville, À bout de souffle, Une Femme est une femme, Vivre sa vie, Bande à part, Tout va bien and many more.
- Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.
- "What Is Cinema?" Les Amis du Cinéma (Paris, October 1, 1952).
- The truth is that there is no terror untempered by some great moral idea.
- "Strangers on a Train," Cahiers du Cinéma (Paris, March 10, 1952).
- Beauty is composed of an eternal, invariable element whose quantity is extremely difficult to determine, and a relative element which might be, either by turns or all at once, period, fashion, moral, passion.
- "Defence and Illustration of Classical Construction," Cahiers du Cinéma (Paris, Sept. 15, 1952).
- All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.
- Journal entry, May 16, 1991.
- 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.
- Quoted in Richard Roud, Godard, introduction (1967, repr. 1970).
- 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.
- Quoted in Richard Roud, Godard, introduction (1970).
- Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second.
- Le Petit Soldat (film) (direction and screenplay, 1960).
- [variation] Cinema is truth at twenty-four frames a second.
- "I would never see a good movie for the first time on television."
- from Los Angeles Free Press, March 15, 1968. Gene Youngblood
- "...the movie is not a thing which is taken by the camera; the movie is the reality of the movie moving from reality to the camera."
- from Los Angeles Free Press, March 22, 1968. Gene Youngblood
- "In films, we are trained by the American way of moviemaking to think we must understand and 'get' everything right away. But this is not possible. When you eat a potato, you don't understand each atom of the potato!"
- from The Christian Science Monitor - August 3, 1994. David Sterritt
- "To be only spectacular should be 5 or 10 percent of cinema."
- "American pictures usually have no subject, only a story. A pretty woman is not a subject. Julia Roberts doing this and that is not a subject."
- "Movies in Hollywood now, for the past 20 or 30 years, are made mainly by lawyers or agents."
- [When he received a pie in the face at the Cannes film festival in 1985, he licked pie off of his cigar and said]:
"C'est ce qui arrive quand le cinema muet rencontre le cinema a textes."
"This is what happens when silent movies meet talking pictures."
- I write essays in the form of novels, or novels in the form of essays. I'm still as much of a critic as I ever was during the time of 'Cahiers du Cinema.' The only difference is that instead of writing criticism, I now film it.
- Movies are a world of Fragments.
- I make film to make time pass.
- It’s not where you take things from-it’s where you take them to.
- Up to now...since shortly after the Bolshevik Revolution...most movie makers have been assuming that they know how to make movies. Just like a bad writer doesn't ask himself if he's really capable of writing a novel...he thinks he knows. If movie makers were building airplanes, there would be an accident every time one took off. But in the movies, these accidents are called Oscars.
- I don't think you should feel about a movie. You should feel about a woman. You can't kiss a movie.
- A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.
- Film is like a personal diary, a notebook or a monologue by someone who tries to justify himself before a camera.
- There is no point in having sharp images when you've fuzzy ideas.
- Every edit is a lie.
- What I want above all is to destroy the idea of culture. Culture is an alibi of imperialism. There is a Ministry of War. There is a Ministry of Culture. Therefore, culture is war.
- [speaking at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival about filmmaker Michael Moore]:
Post-war filmmakers gave us the documentary, Rob Reiner gave us the mockumentary and Moore initiated a third genre, the crockumentary.[Godard had not actually seen Michael Moore's film at the time.]
- "To be or not to be. That's not really a question."
- "This is not a just image, this is just an image."
- "Je suis Marxiste, tendance Groucho." " I am a Marxist of the Groucho variety." This quote comes the May 1968 student revolution in France. See that article for details.
- "Cinema is the domain of rich white guys"
- Jean-Luc Godard at the Internet Movie Database
- A "score" of Histoire(s) du cinéma by Céline Scemama : 1a Toutes les histoires, 1b Une histoire seule, 2a Seul le cinéma, 2b Fatale beauté, 3a La monnaie de l'absolu, 3b Une vague nouvelle, 4a Le contrôle de l'univers, 4b Les signes parmi nous
- Jean-luc Godard Timeline
- The Role of Godard
- Senses of Cinema: Great Directors Critical Database
- A Girl And A Gun: Sans Pareil, a personal run through of Godard's 60s output.
- Godard and Epistemology in Alphaville
- Telegraph Interview (05/2001)
- Guardian Interview (04/2005)
- Essay about "Hail, Mary" that's also an overview of Godard's films
- Three rare filmed interviews - two with Godard and one with Godard and Anna Karina
- Collection of 8 trailers for Jean-Luc Godard films viewable online
- Joshua Clover on Band of Outsiders