Jean-Luc Godard

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To me style is just the outside of content, and content the inside of style, like the outside and the inside of the human body—both go together, they can’t be separated.

Jean-Luc Godard (born 3 December 1930 in Paris, France) is a French film director, whose works include the films Alphaville, À bout de souffle, Une Femme est une femme, Vivre sa vie, Bande à part, Tout va bien and many more.

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  • Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.
    • "What Is Cinema?" Les Amis du Cinéma (Paris, October 1, 1952).
  • The truth is that there is no terror untempered by some great moral idea.
    • "Strangers on a Train," Cahiers du Cinéma (Paris, March 10, 1952).
  • Beauty is composed of an eternal, invariable element whose quantity is extremely difficult to determine, and a relative element which might be, either by turns or all at once, period, fashion, moral, passion.
    • "Defence and Illustration of Classical Construction," Cahiers du Cinéma (Paris, Sept. 15, 1952).
  • All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.
    • Journal entry, May 16, 1991.
  • To me style is just the outside of content, and content the inside of style, like the outside and the inside of the human body—both go together, they can’t be separated.
    • Quoted in Richard Roud, Godard, introduction (1967, repr. 1970).
  • The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn’t.
    • Quoted in Richard Roud, Godard, introduction (1970).
  • Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second.
    • Le Petit Soldat (film) (direction and screenplay, 1960).
    • [variation] Cinema is truth at twenty-four frames a second.
  • "I would never see a good movie for the first time on television."
    • from Los Angeles Free Press, March 15, 1968. Gene Youngblood
  • "...the movie is not a thing which is taken by the camera; the movie is the reality of the movie moving from reality to the camera."
    • from Los Angeles Free Press, March 22, 1968. Gene Youngblood
  • "In films, we are trained by the American way of moviemaking to think we must understand and 'get' everything right away. But this is not possible. When you eat a potato, you don't understand each atom of the potato!"
    • from The Christian Science Monitor - August 3, 1994. David Sterritt
  • "To be only spectacular should be 5 or 10 percent of cinema."
    • ibid.
  • "American pictures usually have no subject, only a story. A pretty woman is not a subject. Julia Roberts doing this and that is not a subject."
    • ibid.
  • "Movies in Hollywood now, for the past 20 or 30 years, are made mainly by lawyers or agents."
    • ibid.

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