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Books: J-L Godard

Ewa Mazierska Pasja. Filmy Jean-Luca Godarda

Prepared especially for Jean-Luc Godard’s retrospective at the 10th IFF Era New Horizons, Ewa Mazierska’s book is the first monograph of the ‘pope of the New Wave’ in almost forty years.

"What is Godard’s cinema like? I found the best summary on the cover of one of his DVD films, ‘partially poetry, partially journalism, partially philosophy’. For me, it is predominantly poetry in a way understood by Vladimir Nabokov, as art ambitious to include everything in one drop, to become evidence of various aspects of human experience, yet discerning what is essential and presenting it elliptically. This means that a viewer of Godard’s film has to exert much effort to reconstruct or maybe construct its meaning. However, the effort should reward as without knowing Godard’s films we cannot say that we know European or international cinema, and by knowing his films we have a key to the history of cinema, and, I believe, we can also guess its future." (Ewa Mazierska)

 

Paweł Mościcki Godard. Pasaże

For Godard, to be a cinema visionary means not only making films far away from inherited patterns and revolutionizing cinema language at all its levels. It is also a theoretical reflection involving the philosophy of image, history of cinema, the idea of realism, etc. The book Godard. Pasaże brings together in one fragmentary whole the director’s opinions and commentaries on his films and cross-sectional reflections on various themes of his work. Inspired by The Arcades Project by Benjamin, the book is to be a collection of thoughts, narrations and problems, sometimes revealing the inner side of contradictions and historical limitations, showing that Godard’s work is primarily an event of a philosophical nature.

 

Grzegorz Królikiewicz Godard. Seminaria w PWSFTViT (1984-1985)

Grzegorz Królikiewicz, director, screenwriter and academic teacher, is an author of several books on the theory of film and a series of analyses of film masterpieces, based on his own seminars and discussions with students. His texts on Citizen Kane by Welles, That Obscure Object of Desire by Buñuel, The Conversation by Coppola, Kagemusha by Kurosawa or The General by Keaton attained almost legendary status and have become a point of reference for numerous commentators since then.

Analyses of Godard made by Królikiewicz have never been published; they were available only as transcripts of his seminars from Analyses of a Film at the Directing Faculty of the Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódź.

The transcript of Królikiewicz’ seminars is divided into four parts, Early Godard, Newer Godard, Godard’s Recent Films and a supplement What after Godard. Królikiewicz analyses and discusses with students twelve films by Godard, i.e. À bout de souffle (1960), Une femme est une femme (1961), Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux (1962), Ro.Go.Pa.G. (1963) (a fragment of Nuovo mondo, Il), Le mépris (1963), Une femme mariée: Suite de fragments d'un film tourné en 1964 (1964), Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (1965), Masculin féminin: 15 faits précis (1966), Sauve qui peut (la vie) (1980), Passion (1982), Prénom Carmen (1983) and Je vous salue, Marie (1985).

In his analyses, Królikiewicz puts Godard into a dizzying number of contexts, from Claude Levi-Strauss and Carl Gustav Jung, to modern physics, cybernetics and hypnosis. Constantly, the author treats the reader to surprising conclusions, intellectual short circuits and creative dismantlements. Film practice allows Królikiewicz to make a deep and thorough analysis of even short sequences or audiovisual details. The analyses of Godard by Królikiewicz are distinct not only against a background of Polish literature of the subject matter but also, quite extensive, achievements of Godard studies.

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