"I sought after this to be a story. So eventually Jean-Luc went the entire approach: each line within the script a citation from in other places. each blessed line. Love does not die. it is those that die. Love simply is going away." -from "NOUVELLE obscure / New Wave (1990)" Stephen Scobie celebrates "the maximum movie director of his age" with poetry exploring forty four of Godard's movies. refined but profound unities play from poem to poem. Characters, destinations, photos, and the beneficiant use of citation jump-cut and recur to ship the mind's eye reeling in the course of the better works of either artists. Readers might be seduced to linger in the writing and inspired to hunt past, to Godard's personal oeuvre. The publication is sharply anticipated and thoroughly cadenced which will pride readers who is probably not acquainted with Godard's motion pictures. these already accustomed to Godard's paintings will locate on the restrict of breath a such a lot profitable event.
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