Thursday, November 20, 2008
For a change of pace, how about some Godard from the early 60s? Here's (above) Anna Karina in the famous dance scene from Godard's "Band of Outsiders." They're dancing the "Madison." It's great, isn't it!?
Here's (above)another scene from the same film. What do you think of Anna Karina's close-up? I'm guessing that Godard was influenced by the close-ups in Dreyer's "Joan of Arc."
Here's (above) a nine-minute scene from "Masculine/Feminine," with Jean-Pierre Leaud and Chantal Goya. Don't let the length deter you. This scene must be watched! You need nine minutes to accomplish the real purpose of the scene, which is to make you fall in love with the characters.
I went through a period where I thought Godard was superficial for using beautiful model-types in so many of his films, but maybe I was the superficial one. I realized later that on film beauty can become a symbol representing youth, delicacy, charm, and the will to live and experience the world.
Godard was good at trailers. Here's (above) the one from "Masculine/Feminine." Is that Goya singing the song?
One more Godard clip (above): It's the powerful final scene in "Breathless." Belmondo dies at Jean Seberg's feet and we go for a close-up on her face. What is she saying here? I can't understand it.
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I totally break the spell of Godard here, but I couldn't resist adding this...here's (above) the "Hairspray" version of The Madison.
Posted by Eddie Fitzgerald at 10:00 PM