Jean-Luc Godard

By Douglas Morrey

Jean-Luc Godard

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6759-4
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: July 2005
  • BIC Category: The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, PERFORMING ARTS / Individual Director, Film history, theory & criticism, Individual film directors, film-makers, Film and Media
  • Series: French Film Directors Series


This volume offers a new interpretation of one of the most innovative directors in the history of cinema. It is the first book to cover the whole of Godard's career, from the French New Wave to the recent triumphs of Histoire(s) du cinéma and Eloge de l'amour.

Drawing on a wide range of literary, filmic and philiosophical texts, the book places Godard's work within its intellectual context, examining how developments in French culture and thought since 1950 have been mirrored in - and sometimes anticipated by - Godard's films.

Numerous sequences from Godard's films are singled out for close analysis, demonstrating how the director's radical approaches to narrative, editing, sound and shot composition have made the cinema into an analytical tool in its own right.

The book will be essential to all students of Godard's films, and of interest to scholars of modern and contemporary French cinema, culture and thought.


Series editors' foreword
1. Necessity or contingency: Godard as film critic 1950-59
2. Scenes from domestic life: 1960-65
3. Outside: 1960-62
4. End of the beginning / beginning of the end: 1966-67
5. Schooling: 1968-72
6. Home movies: 1974-78
7. Love and work: 1979-84
8. Smiling with regret: 1984-90
9. The sense of an ending: 1991-96
10. Old man river: 1998-
Select Bibliography


Douglas Morrey is Lecturer in French at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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