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- [When he received a pie in the face at the Cannes film festival in 1985, he licked pie off of his cigar and said]:
"C'est ce qui arrive quand le cinema muet rencontre le cinema a textes."
"This is what happens when silent movies meet talking pictures."
- I write essays in the form of novels, or novels in the form of essays. I'm still as much of a critic as I ever was during the time of 'Cahiers du Cinema.' The only difference is that instead of writing criticism, I now film it.
- Movies are a world of Fragments.
- I make film to make time pass.
- It’s not where you take things from-it’s where you take them to.
- Up to now...since shortly after the Bolshevik Revolution...most movie makers have been assuming that they know how to make movies. Just like a bad writer doesn't ask himself if he's really capable of writing a novel...he thinks he knows. If movie makers were building airplanes, there would be an accident every time one took off. But in the movies, these accidents are called Oscars.
- I don't think you should feel about a movie. You should feel about a woman. You can't kiss a movie.
- A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.
- Film is like a personal diary, a notebook or a monologue by someone who tries to justify himself before a camera.
- There is no point in having sharp images when you've fuzzy ideas.
- Every edit is a lie.
- What I want above all is to destroy the idea of culture. Culture is an alibi of imperialism. There is a Ministry of War. There is a Ministry of Culture. Therefore, culture is war.
- [speaking at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival about filmmaker Michael Moore]:
Post-war filmmakers gave us the documentary, Rob Reiner gave us the mockumentary and Moore initiated a third genre, the crockumentary.[Godard had not actually seen Michael Moore's film at the time. - this is irrelevant, since he was commenting on his whole style of filmmaking]
- "To be or not to be. That's not really a question."
- "This is not a just image, this is just an image."
- "Je suis Marxiste, tendance Groucho." " I am a Marxist of the Groucho variety." This quote comes the May 1968 student revolution in France. See that article for details.
- "Cinema is the domain of rich white guys"