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Wikipedia Summary for Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard (UK: GOD-ar, US: goh-DAR; French: [ʒɑ̃ lyk ɡɔdaʁ]; born 3 December 1930) is a French-Swiss film director, screenwriter and film critic. He rose to prominence as a pioneer of the 1960s French New Wave film movement, and is arguably the most influential French filmmaker. According to AllMovie, his work "revolutionized the motion picture form" through its experimentation with narrative, continuity, sound, and camerawork.

During his early career as a film critic for the influential magazine Cahiers du Cinéma, Godard criticized mainstream French cinema's "Tradition of Quality", which emphasized established convention over innovation and experimentation. In response, he and like-minded critics began to make their own films, challenging the conventions of traditional Hollywood in addition to French cinema. Godard first received global acclaim for his 1960 feature Breathless, helping to establish the New Wave movement. His work makes use of frequent homages and references to film history, and often expressed his political views; he was an avid reader of existential and Marxist philosophy. Since the New Wave, his politics have been much less radical and his recent films are about representation and human conflict from a humanist, and a Marxist perspective.

In a 2002 Sight & Sound poll, Godard ranked third in the critics' top ten directors of all time (which was put together by assembling the directors of the individual films for which the critics voted). He is said to have "created one of the largest bodies of critical analysis of any filmmaker since the mid-twentieth century." He and his work have been central to narrative theory and have "challenged both commercial narrative cinema norms and film criticism's vocabulary." In 2010, Godard was awarded an Academy Honorary Award, but did not attend the award ceremony. Godard's films have inspired many directors including Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Brian De Palma, Steven Soderbergh, D. A. Pennebaker, Robert Altman, Jim Jarmusch, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wong Kar-wai, Wim Wenders, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Pier Paolo Pasolini.

He has been married twice, to actresses Anna Karina and Anne Wiazemsky, both of whom starred in several of his films. His collaborations with Karina—which included such critically acclaimed films as Vivre sa vie (1962), Bande à part (1964) and Pierrot le Fou (1965)—were called "arguably the most influential body of work in the history of cinema" by Filmmaker magazine.

Quote: He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of white concrete houses under blue sky at daytime
Photo Credit: Andre Benz

He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch.


Quote: Three-quarters of directors waste four hours on a shot that requires five minutes of actual directing. I prefer to have five minutes' work for the crew -- and keep the three hours to myself for thought. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of yellow and white color illustration
Photo Credit: Jason Dent

Three-quarters of directors waste four hours on a shot that requires five minutes of actual directing. I prefer to have five minutes' work for the crew -- and keep the three hours to myself for thought.


Quote: Spielberg, like many others, wants to convince before he discusses. In that, there is something very totalitarian. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

Spielberg, like many others, wants to convince before he discusses. In that, there is something very totalitarian.


Quote: Cinema is not a series of abstract ideas, but rather the phrasing of moments. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

Cinema is not a series of abstract ideas, but rather the phrasing of moments.


Quote: More or less, I am always saying, 'Give me more. Let's do what has not been done.' by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

More or less, I am always saying, 'Give me more. Let's do what has not been done.'


Quote: I am trying to change the world. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

I am trying to change the world.


Quote: At the cinema, we do not think -- we are thought. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

At the cinema, we do not think -- we are thought.


Quote: I know nothing of life except through the cinema. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

I know nothing of life except through the cinema.




Quote: I always feel that a man and a woman, who do not like the same films, will eventually divorce. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

I always feel that a man and a woman, who do not like the same films, will eventually divorce.


Quote: The cinema is truth 24 frames-per-second. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

The cinema is truth 24 frames-per-second.


Quote: There is no more discovery. Not since the beginning of this century. There are new gadgets. New important gadgets. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

There is no more discovery. Not since the beginning of this century. There are new gadgets. New important gadgets.


Quote: If direction is a look, montage is a heartbeat. To foresee is the characteristic of both; but what one seeks to foresee in space, the other seeks in time. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

If direction is a look, montage is a heartbeat. To foresee is the characteristic of both; but what one seeks to foresee in space, the other seeks in time.


Quote: I would never see a good movie for the first time on television. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

I would never see a good movie for the first time on television.


Quote: There are two kinds of homeland: one that is given is like a negative, and one that you have to conquer is like the positive. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

There are two kinds of homeland: one that is given is like a negative, and one that you have to conquer is like the positive.


Quote: It makes me laugh when you bring two things together which have nothing to do with one another. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

It makes me laugh when you bring two things together which have nothing to do with one another.


Quote: When you photograph a face ...you photograph the soul behind it. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

When you photograph a face ...you photograph the soul behind it.


Quote: Once we know the number one, we believe that we know the number two, because one plus one equals two. We forget that first we must know the meaning of plus. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

Once we know the number one, we believe that we know the number two, because one plus one equals two. We forget that first we must know the meaning of plus.


Quote: I think I'm innocently representing a certain belief in motion pictures, and, well OK. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

I think I'm innocently representing a certain belief in motion pictures, and, well OK.


Quote: Europe has memories, America has t-shirts. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

Europe has memories, America has t-shirts.


Quote: To be only spectacular should be 5 or 10 percent of cinema. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

To be only spectacular should be 5 or 10 percent of cinema.


Quote: You can't transmit a landscape, happily enough. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

You can't transmit a landscape, happily enough.


Quote: Film begins with DW Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

Film begins with DW Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami.


Quote: When Yeats said the center cannot hold, he was talking for himself, but it was true for the rest of us as well. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

When Yeats said the center cannot hold, he was talking for himself, but it was true for the rest of us as well.


Quote: I don't like Paris or being in big cities. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

I don't like Paris or being in big cities.


Quote: 'What is your greatest ambition in life?'
'To become immortal... and then die.' by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

'What is your greatest ambition in life?'
'To become immortal... and then die.'


Quote: When we talked, I talked about me, you talked about you, when we should have talked about each other. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

When we talked, I talked about me, you talked about you, when we should have talked about each other.


Quote: Sometime reality is too complex. Stories give it form. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

Sometime reality is too complex. Stories give it form.




Quote: In the beginning there was not even talking. In movies, there was no need for that. Because it was more evident if there was no talking. Only in sports does there remain this fervor, which can even become violent. There's this desire to see something big. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

In the beginning there was not even talking. In movies, there was no need for that. Because it was more evident if there was no talking. Only in sports does there remain this fervor, which can even become violent. There's this desire to see something big.


Quote: There is no point in having sharp images when you've fuzzy ideas. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

There is no point in having sharp images when you've fuzzy ideas.


Quote: Even with painting, even abstract paintings, you need the incoming of, light on the canvas. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

Even with painting, even abstract paintings, you need the incoming of, light on the canvas.


Quote: The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: I have a large number of cassettes, but I look at them mainly for reference purposes. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

I have a large number of cassettes, but I look at them mainly for reference purposes.


Quote: In movies, comedy and tragedy are all the same. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

In movies, comedy and tragedy are all the same.


Quote: Photography could have been invented in color. Colors existed. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

Photography could have been invented in color. Colors existed.


Quote: Movies will continue one way or another. Maybe on video. Even on video games. You have to look at it, if you have children, or if you are linked to children, because it's new for them. This has not disappeared; the look of a child who is discovering the world, whatever it is. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of Jean-Luc Godard quote; white text on black background

Movies will continue one way or another. Maybe on video. Even on video games. You have to look at it, if you have children, or if you are linked to children, because it's new for them. This has not disappeared; the look of a child who is discovering the world, whatever it is.


Quote: Every edit is a lie. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

Every edit is a lie.


Quote: I write and film history; I don't make it. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

I write and film history; I don't make it.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I write and film history; I don't make it. One can be a good critic and a moral observer, but one remains professionally detached as a writer and a filmmaker.


Quote: I am still associated with a heroic period in French cinema, and my name remains linked to this period. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

I am still associated with a heroic period in French cinema, and my name remains linked to this period.


Quote: When there's 100 people around you can't really forget yourself. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

When there's 100 people around you can't really forget yourself.


Quote: I don't think I've succeeded in making any really good films. There are moments, scenes, whole movements that sing. It has all added up to a cinema of sorts, even though I'm still learning my art. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

I don't think I've succeeded in making any really good films. There are moments, scenes, whole movements that sing. It has all added up to a cinema of sorts, even though I'm still learning my art.


Quote: There are different kinds of painting, some with lights and some without, but still if you look at any painting here (in the light) and then over here (out of the light) it's an entirely different thing. The consciousness of this came to the Impressionists and I'm very interested in that. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of Jean-Luc Godard quote: There are different kinds of painting, some with lights and some without, but still if you look at any painting here (in the light) and then over here (out of the light) it's an entirely different thing. The consciousness of this came to the Impressionists and I'm very interested in that.- black text on quotes background

There are different kinds of painting, some with lights and some without, but still if you look at any painting here (in the light) and then over here (out of the light) it's an entirely different thing. The consciousness of this came to the Impressionists and I'm very interested in that.


Quote: Killing a man in defense of an idea is not defending an idea; it is killing a man. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

Killing a man in defense of an idea is not defending an idea; it is killing a man.


Quote: When the film stock disappears, the matter -- because movies are matter -- (disappears). The laws of this have been established by Newton, Einstein, and others: there is a correspondence between light and matter, and light is matter. And energy. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

When the film stock disappears, the matter -- because movies are matter -- (disappears). The laws of this have been established by Newton, Einstein, and others: there is a correspondence between light and matter, and light is matter. And energy.


Quote: Action can make you laugh. But just because you are glad. Even if there is no meaning. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

Action can make you laugh. But just because you are glad. Even if there is no meaning.


Quote: Patricia: Do you know William Faulkner?
Michel: No. Who's he? Have you slept with him? by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

Patricia: Do you know William Faulkner?
Michel: No. Who's he? Have you slept with him?


Quote: There is a problem in pretending I can still control my destiny in the commercial market. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

There is a problem in pretending I can still control my destiny in the commercial market.


Quote: All our thinking constitutes the new world, but all our thoughts are older and older. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

All our thinking constitutes the new world, but all our thoughts are older and older.


Quote: The projector will soon disappear. The camera, not really. OK, it depends... it depends on change. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

The projector will soon disappear. The camera, not really. OK, it depends... it depends on change.


Quote: Self-portraits have been done in painting, but never in music or literature. It has no meaning, it makes no sense. And in movies I was wondering if it could. And how. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

Self-portraits have been done in painting, but never in music or literature. It has no meaning, it makes no sense. And in movies I was wondering if it could. And how.


Quote: The silent film, it was cut at the age of thirty. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

The silent film, it was cut at the age of thirty.


Quote: My aesthetic is that of the sniper on the roof. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

My aesthetic is that of the sniper on the roof.


Quote: To live in society today is like living in one enormous comic-strip. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

To live in society today is like living in one enormous comic-strip.


Quote: Now at my age I understand how sad it must have been for some directors or actors at the time the talkies began. Because, really, a whole continent disappeared. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

Now at my age I understand how sad it must have been for some directors or actors at the time the talkies began. Because, really, a whole continent disappeared.


Quote: I'm Franco-Swiss. I've always been shuttling between these two worlds, never firmly planted in either one. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

I'm Franco-Swiss. I've always been shuttling between these two worlds, never firmly planted in either one.


Quote: Words and action in movies are the spirit or the mind. And these days the body is almost completely forgotten. In the beginning the body -- nature -- was more part of the action. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

Words and action in movies are the spirit or the mind. And these days the body is almost completely forgotten. In the beginning the body -- nature -- was more part of the action.


Quote: Through most of my career, I've made a decent living making movies no one wants to see. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

Through most of my career, I've made a decent living making movies no one wants to see.


Quote: We were for Mao, but when we saw the films he was making, they were bad. So we understood that there was necessarily something wrong with what he was saying. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

We were for Mao, but when we saw the films he was making, they were bad. So we understood that there was necessarily something wrong with what he was saying.


Quote: There is no such thing as intellectual property. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

There is no such thing as intellectual property.


Quote: I learned from Rossellini that you are rich even if you have a little money. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

I learned from Rossellini that you are rich even if you have a little money.


Quote: I've decided that what interests me most is that you can only capture the light at a certain time. But after that, five minutes after that, then it's a different thing. So if you don't have the right aperture, you've missed it. Of course, you can correct it in the lab. But not really. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of Jean-Luc Godard quote: I've decided that what interests me most is that you can only capture the light at a certain time. But after that, five minutes after that, then it's a different thing. So if you don't have the right aperture, you've missed it. Of course, you can correct it in the lab. But not really.- black text on quotes background

I've decided that what interests me most is that you can only capture the light at a certain time. But after that, five minutes after that, then it's a different thing. So if you don't have the right aperture, you've missed it. Of course, you can correct it in the lab. But not really.


Quote: I'm satisfied to have an ordinary success and an ordinary life and an ordinary income. Later, I don't know. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

I'm satisfied to have an ordinary success and an ordinary life and an ordinary income. Later, I don't know.


Quote: If we think today the way TV is ordering us to think, we think of Einstein as someone modern. Stravinsky is modern music, but it came at the time of Birth of a Nation, which is an old movie. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

If we think today the way TV is ordering us to think, we think of Einstein as someone modern. Stravinsky is modern music, but it came at the time of Birth of a Nation, which is an old movie.


Quote: Film is like a personal diary, a notebook or a monologue by someone who tries to justify himself before a camera. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

Film is like a personal diary, a notebook or a monologue by someone who tries to justify himself before a camera.


Quote: We once believed we were auteurs but we weren't. We had no idea, really. Film is over. It's sad nobody is really exploring it. But what to do? And anyway, with mobile phones and everything, everyone is now an auteur. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

We once believed we were auteurs but we weren't. We had no idea, really. Film is over. It's sad nobody is really exploring it. But what to do? And anyway, with mobile phones and everything, everyone is now an auteur.


Quote: 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. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

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.


Quote: On TV you can't show landscapes. You just can't. Even a postcard is better. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

On TV you can't show landscapes. You just can't. Even a postcard is better.


Quote: The trouble with Hollywood is that it has poisoned us. If you see a poster of a movie it is mainly the picture of a woman and a man. Always a love story. Yes. But it shouldn't be that way. It should be another (way). by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

The trouble with Hollywood is that it has poisoned us. If you see a poster of a movie it is mainly the picture of a woman and a man. Always a love story. Yes. But it shouldn't be that way. It should be another (way).


Quote: People in life quote as they please, so we have the right to quote as we please. Therefore I show people quoting, merely making sure that they quote what pleases me. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

People in life quote as they please, so we have the right to quote as we please. Therefore I show people quoting, merely making sure that they quote what pleases me.


Quote: Clumsiness attempts to fix simplicity straight in the eye. It is not a mark of incompetence but of reticence. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

Clumsiness attempts to fix simplicity straight in the eye. It is not a mark of incompetence but of reticence.


Quote: I like both slapstick and contradiction. Like philosophers. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

I like both slapstick and contradiction. Like philosophers.


Quote: A film ingeniously directed does indeed give the impression of having been laid end to end, but a film ingeniously edited gives the impression of having suppressed all direction. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

A film ingeniously directed does indeed give the impression of having been laid end to end, but a film ingeniously edited gives the impression of having suppressed all direction.


Quote: Landscapes are too close to painting. And TV has nothing to do with painting. It's just transmission. And you can't transmit a landscape, happily enough. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

Landscapes are too close to painting. And TV has nothing to do with painting. It's just transmission. And you can't transmit a landscape, happily enough.


Quote: TV has nothing to do with painting. It's just transmission. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

TV has nothing to do with painting. It's just transmission.


Quote: One must confront vague ideas with clear images. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

One must confront vague ideas with clear images.


Quote: If you want to make a documentary you should automatically go to the fiction, and if you want to nourish your fiction you have to come back to reality. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

If you want to make a documentary you should automatically go to the fiction, and if you want to nourish your fiction you have to come back to reality.


Quote: Photography is truth. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

Photography is truth.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Photography is truth...and cinema is truth 24 times a second.


Quote: Why did they go to Hollywood? Because they could get access to the American financial sector. The Jews were neither authorized to be bankers or doctors nor lawyers or professors. That's why they concentrated on something new: cinema. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

Why did they go to Hollywood? Because they could get access to the American financial sector. The Jews were neither authorized to be bankers or doctors nor lawyers or professors. That's why they concentrated on something new: cinema.


Quote: Art is not a reflection of reality, it is the reality of a reflection. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

Art is not a reflection of reality, it is the reality of a reflection.


Quote: The Rolling Stones are much more accomplished than Jefferson Airplane, who are more like tribal people. That is, they present something which exists: The music and the hippie. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

The Rolling Stones are much more accomplished than Jefferson Airplane, who are more like tribal people. That is, they present something which exists: The music and the hippie.


Quote: First there was Greek civilization. Then there was the Renaissance. Now we're entering the Age of the Ass. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

First there was Greek civilization. Then there was the Renaissance. Now we're entering the Age of the Ass.


Quote: There is a new world coming and this new world is very rude. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

There is a new world coming and this new world is very rude.


Quote: When the Holocaust happened, I was 15 years old. My parents kept it a secret from me, despite belonging to the Red Cross. I only found out about it much later. Even today I still feel guilty, because I was an ignoramus between the age of 15 and 25. I am sorry I couldn't stand up for them. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of Jean-Luc Godard quote: When the Holocaust happened, I was 15 years old. My parents kept it a secret from me, despite belonging to the Red Cross. I only found out about it much later. Even today I still feel guilty, because I was an ignoramus between the age of 15 and 25. I am sorry I couldn't stand up for them.- black text on quotes background

When the Holocaust happened, I was 15 years old. My parents kept it a secret from me, despite belonging to the Red Cross. I only found out about it much later. Even today I still feel guilty, because I was an ignoramus between the age of 15 and 25. I am sorry I couldn't stand up for them.


Quote: Once I had seen 'Journey to Italy,' I knew that, even if I were never to make movies, I could make them. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

Once I had seen 'Journey to Italy,' I knew that, even if I were never to make movies, I could make them.


Quote: I've always considered the French-speaking part of Switzerland as a province of France. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

I've always considered the French-speaking part of Switzerland as a province of France.


Quote: I have no desire to vote for French politicians, and I'm not entitled to vote in Switzerland. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

I have no desire to vote for French politicians, and I'm not entitled to vote in Switzerland.




Quote: The cinema is not a craft. It is an art. It does not mean teamwork. One is always alone on the set as before the blank page. And to be alone... means to ask questions. And to make films means to answer them. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

The cinema is not a craft. It is an art. It does not mean teamwork. One is always alone on the set as before the blank page. And to be alone... means to ask questions. And to make films means to answer them.


Quote: I don't have a visa for the U.S., and I don't want to apply for one. And I don't want to fly for that long. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

I don't have a visa for the U.S., and I don't want to apply for one. And I don't want to fly for that long.


Quote: People come to Cannes just to advertise their films, not with a particular message. But the advantage is that if you go to the festival, you get so much press coverage in three days that it advertises the film for the rest of the year. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

People come to Cannes just to advertise their films, not with a particular message. But the advantage is that if you go to the festival, you get so much press coverage in three days that it advertises the film for the rest of the year.


Quote: I had the feeling that Sarajevo was the perfect place to shoot the film I wanted to shoot. It is the perfect illustration of purgatory. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

I had the feeling that Sarajevo was the perfect place to shoot the film I wanted to shoot. It is the perfect illustration of purgatory.


Quote: You don't make a movie, the movie makes you. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

You don't make a movie, the movie makes you.


Quote: I make film to make time pass. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

I make film to make time pass.


Quote: I don't think you should feel about a film. You should feel about a woman, not a movie. You can't kiss a movie. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

I don't think you should feel about a film. You should feel about a woman, not a movie. You can't kiss a movie.


Quote: Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.


Quote: All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.


Quote: 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. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

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.


Quote: The truth is that there is no terror untempered by some great moral idea. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

The truth is that there is no terror untempered by some great moral idea.


Quote: To be or not to be. That's not really a question. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

To be or not to be. That's not really a question.


Quote: 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. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

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.


Quote: One of the most striking signs of the decay of art is when we see its separate forms jumbled together. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

One of the most striking signs of the decay of art is when we see its separate forms jumbled together.


Quote: A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.


Quote: I pity the French Cinema because it has no money. I pity the American Cinema because it has no ideas. by author Jean-Luc Godard overlaid on photo of photo of author Jean-Luc Godard with quote

I pity the French Cinema because it has no money. I pity the American Cinema because it has no ideas.


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