French critic cum filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard famously said that all you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun, but he could have done it with less. As an artist, Godard vacillated back and forth between incendiary agitator and devoted cineaste, often colliding within the same movie. For his seventh feature, Godard wanted to make something cheap, something fast, something commercial. As Richard Brody writes in his seminal study of Godard, Everything is Cinema, “Godard took no chances with the material: he declared that he wanted ‘to make a simple, legible film.’” That film was to be … Continue reading BAND OF OUTSIDERS

In Their Words – Friday, August 9, 2013

“Actually making films has taught us a lot: It is as much trouble to make a bad films as a good one. Our most sincere film can seem phony. The films we do with our left hands may become worldwide hits. A perfectly ordinary movie with energy can turn out to be better cinema than a film with ‘intelligent’ intentions listlessly executed. The result rarely matches the effort. Cinematic success is not necessarily the result of good brain work, but of a harmony of existing elements in ourselves that we may not have even been conscious of: a fortunate fusion … Continue reading In Their Words – Friday, August 9, 2013