SAUVE QUI PEUT (LA VIE) (Jean-Luc Godard, 1980)

After working long in video, Jean-Luc Godard returned to using film with Sauve qui peut (la vie)—literally, Save His Life Who Can, but called Every Man for Himself in the U.S. and Slow Motion in the UK.      The opening shot is of the sky; it looks fake, and the only thing moving, laterally, is the […]

TWO IN THE WAVE (Emmanuel Laurent, 2010)

Its journalistic approach helps make Emmanuel Laurent’s documentary about the rise and demise of François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard’s friendship, Deux de la Vague, dry as dust; nor is it helped by frequent inserts of young French actress Isild Le Besco reading clippings and such to underscore the momentous, somewhat academic history that the bleeding […]


The news that the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted the world’s greatest living filmmaker, Jean-Luc Godard, an honorary Oscar for his illustrious and legendary body of work is good news indeed. Please click the “tag” below for access to all my entries on Godard’s films, including […]

DETECTIVE (Jean-Luc Godard, 1985)

Détective, Jean-Luc Godard’s most commercial venture since Tout va bien (1972), zigzags amongst guests, residents and employees at a Parisian hotel. (It was filmed at the Hotel Concorde Saint-Lazare.) Except at the finish, where the action moves right outside the hotel, the film is so much confined to this place that the setting suggests imaginative […]