Accumulation in Jacques Rivette’s La Belle Noiseuse (1991)

For a while after watching Jacques Rivette’s La Belle Noiseuse (The Beautiful Troublemaker, 1991), I repeatedly heard the sound of ink scratching from a nib onto rough paper and canvas. This action occurs throughout the almost four hour long film, to the point where the process of painting – from its earliest preparatory sketches to … Continue reading Accumulation in Jacques Rivette’s La Belle Noiseuse (1991)

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Avant Godard! – Part 2, Musical Subversion (Bande à Part and Pierrot Le Fou)

Part 1. Ideas In Later Films By Godard. Godard would continue to subvert the role of record players in his work to similar but more extreme effects. It seems odd that the connecting factor to all the scenes mentioned is the presence of his, then wife, Anna Karina.  Godard is capable of presenting her dancing … Continue reading Avant Godard! – Part 2, Musical Subversion (Bande à Part and Pierrot Le Fou)

Avant Godard! Musical Subversion In The Films Of Jean-Luc Godard. (Part 1)

Avant Godard! Musical Subversion And Fictional Interaction With Non-Diegetic Music In The Films Of Jean-Luc Godard. Introduction - French New Wave As Avant Garde. When discussing Avant Garde cinema, the most obvious choices of cinematic subject would no doubt be linked to the likes of Dali, Buñuel and Cocteau.  However, the gradual movement from Avant Garde to Art … Continue reading Avant Godard! Musical Subversion In The Films Of Jean-Luc Godard. (Part 1)

Pierrot Le Fou – Jean-Luc Godard (1965)

Describing Jean-Luc Godard’s output in the 1960s as prolific would be an understatement.  From his 1960 debut feature film A Bout De Souffle, he produced a wealth of experimental, groundbreaking and kitsch films often highlighting political stances and reveling in absurd visual eccentricities.  One of the many highlights from this creative storm is his one of his … Continue reading Pierrot Le Fou – Jean-Luc Godard (1965)

Last Year In Marienbad – Alain Resnais (1961)

Alan Resnais is perhaps one of quieter directors of the French New Wave movement.  His films are often delicate examinations of the emotional states and philosophical choices that take their time in delivering a story.  Though less known than both Godard and Truffaut, his work has a strong consistency that makes repeat viewings essential in gaining … Continue reading Last Year In Marienbad – Alain Resnais (1961)

Three Colours Trilogy – Krzysztof Kieslowski (1993)

One of the many highlights of the 90’s reassertion of realism; The Three Colours Trilogy, by director Krzysztof Kieslowski, can be seen as one of the high bench marks of film before the digital age.  It’s hard to imagine a successful set of mainstream films being so metaphorical and altogether emotionally deep getting so far in … Continue reading Three Colours Trilogy – Krzysztof Kieslowski (1993)