Tag Archives: Jean-Luc Godard

Festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulême 2017

The Film Francophone d’Angoulême represents everything I love about French cinema. A cinema which focuses on characters unafraid of their reactions, and endings determined by their emotional truth, rather than a neat moral tidy-up. French cinema is considered by some to … Continue reading

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Sauve Qui Peut (La Vie) Every Man for Himself

Godard’s charm is particular: his ability to hold us close to his characters, shake us for a reaction, and then pull us back to the position of voyeur. Sometimes we are with them, and sometimes we aren’t. Depression and solemn … Continue reading

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Isabelle Huppert: the allure of her vacant room

Isabelle Huppert is in London and the sun is shining bright, a lion in the sky, shaking its mane over her enigmatic chill. It’s Huppert Season: films are playing in various cinemas across the city, some accompanied by introductions from … Continue reading

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Paris Nous Appartient (Paris Belongs to Us)

Wide spaces and open ideas connect with paranoia and penned-in desire in Jacques Rivette’s first feature, the title of which is inspired by Charles Péguy’s reflection that Paris belongs to those who spend the summer there preparing for the winter … Continue reading

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Charlotte et Son Steak

The simple preparation of a steak by a woman intellectually resistant to the dry charm of an intense man (played by Jean-Luc Godard) comprises this neat 10-minute short, directed and written by Eric Rohmer at the very beginning of his … Continue reading

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