GODARD SEUL LE CINÉMA
Documentary | Running Time: 100 minutes
2022 / French
ProducerCathy Palumbo, Victor Robert
CastMacha Meril, Thierry Jousse, Alain Bergala, Marina Vlady, Romain Goupil, David Faroult, Julie Delpy, Daniel Cohn Bendit, Gerad Martin, Nathalie Baye, Hanna Schygulla, Dominique Paini
When he died in September, aged 91, French-Swiss director Jean-Luc Godard left behind around 140 films in which he “redefined the very idea of what a movie was and where it could go”, to quote Martin Scorsese. In this portrait, director Cyril Leuthy’s stated aim was to go beyond the caricature of an obsessive cineaste, unable to forge working relationships in real life. He wants us “to meet a man more sentimental than it seems… because yes, Godard is human, not just a machine who thinks and creates images”. The famously reticent Godard barely joins him in this venture, but Leuthy does interview many people who worked with the French New Wave great over the years who recall telling details, like how he would feed actors lines on set. Copious clips from his films, especially the extraordinary run of original, playful works he made in the 60s, flesh out the abiding sense of his significance.