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Viewing Log / 2013 / Week Eight

18/02/2013 - 24/02/2013

Nouvelle Vague [Jean-Luc Godard, 1990]: To suggest that the film is both beautiful and inscrutable goes without saying.Godard's films, in general, are the most beautiful and the most inscrutable, awash with quotations, literary references, allegories and deconstructions.To make sense of them, it is essential to see every cut, sound and image as expressive of something else; an emotion or idea articulated, not in the conventional approach of two character speaking scripted words in a short/reverse-shot, but where the combined inference of every sound and image, together or apart, tells a story. Nouvelle Vague - the title, as ever, a pun - is, like most of Godard's greatest films, about a couple in crisis. There are further references to class distinction (the rich and the poor), the backdrop of industry as a metaphor for existence (actions as transactions, commitment as commodity) and the house itself as a microcosm for the world in miniature.Here, 't…

Viewing Log / 2013 / Week Seven

11/02/2013 - 17/02/2013

Apologies.I didn't watch any films during this week.I injured my back playing tennis.Nothing serious, but I've had to rest and as such was unable to get downstairs to access the television.Instead, I spent the time reading and occasionally writing.My 'book of choice' was movie related.Adventures of a Suburban Boy by John Boorman.Even if you don't appreciate Boorman's work as a filmmaker, his autobiography is wonderfully written, wry, candid and ever self-deprecating.The book offers a great insight into the trials and tribulations of Hollywood filmmaking, the compromises and the disappointments, but is also a great rumination on life; from the exploration of his turbulent childhood during The Blitz, to his years as a documentarian, to his love of nature and the endless Arthurian quests that become a kind of metaphor for the director's personal approach to cinema.Throughout Adventures of a Suburban Boy, Boorman writes beautifully on the…

Viewing Log / 2013 / Week Six

04/02/2013 - 10/02/2013

Histoire(s) du cinéma [Jean-Luc Godard, 1988-1998]:The myriad of meanings suggested by the title establish the often complex and incessantly multi-layered nature of Godard's epic, audio-visual essay, which gestures, through bracketed plural, to both the "histories of cinema" and the "stories of cinema", but should really be approached with a full acknowledgement of the bilingual pun that renders it, more precisely, as 'His Story of Cinema.'Through the progression of these ten films, Godard wrestles with the concept of cinema; its meaning as a historical point of reference and its stature as a dead (or dying) art.It's also an attempt to analyse, pre-Cousins, the "story of film", not as a conventional documentary, or even as a film about the history of the medium, but looking at cinema, as an idea, as if it were a genuine narrative arc; a history defined not by events, but by characters, stories and emotions.For Godard…