If at any point over the coming days, weeks, and months to come, you find yourself confused as to how to navigate the thicket of pictures of Nelson Mandela coming at you in every country in the world, bear in mind this salient fact of history: it was once illegal in South Africa to have a picture of Nelson Mandela in your home.
Scouting a location for a film in Uzbekistan, Antonioni once gave three elderly Muslim men a picture he had taken of each with his Polaroid. The eldest glanced at the photo and immediately returned them, asking: “What is it good for, to stop the time?
To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others
“From Hollywood to the Third World, from the mainstream to the Avant-Garde, Godard’s name is perhaps the only one that occurs wherever cinema is discussed or produced.” - Colin Myles MacCabe
"Like Picasso, Godard reveals to us throughout his work his world as source and subject; the artist’s studio, the objects of his daily life, the references to and repetitions of his own works, the layering of words and images, the women he has loved, the horrors of war." - Mary Lea Bandy
"Godard’s is an art of plastic age, of fluent, pliable, putty characters." -Raymond Durgnat
"Godard’s importance lies in his development of an authentic modernist cinema in opposition to (though, during the early period, at the same time within) mainstream cinema: it is with his work that film becomes central to our century’s major aesthetic debate, the controversy developed through such figures as Lukacs, Brecht, Benjamin and Adorno as to whether realism or modernism is the more progressive form." - Robin Wood
Happy Birthday, Jean-Luc Godard!