Jean-Luc Godard and the New York Film Festival go way back. The early years of the film festival, then under the watchful eye of Richard Roud and legend of cinephilia Amos Vogel, saw the organisers early champions of Godard’s work in the USA, regularly inviting the French filmmaker to their annual event to introduce and discuss his latest material.
Such was the prolific nature of Godard in the 1960s (see here and here for more on that) that it wasn’t unusual for more than one of his film’s to make their American bow at the same festival, with both Bande à part and A Woman Is A Woman screening at the second New York Film Festival in 1964, while his Le Petit Soldat and Alphaville appeared on the bill a year later in 1965. It wouldn’t be unfair to refer to the festival as Godard’s transatlantic headquarters for the first portion of his inspiring career.
Almost fifty years on from that first appearance in New York, New York, the NYFF are celebrating their unique relationship with Jean-Luc Godard with an extensive retrospective of the filmmaker’s work. From October 9th thru October 30th the festival, in partnership with the Film Society of Lincoln Center will be hosting over forty events, including screenings of features ranging from Breathless through to Film Socialisme and programmes collecting his shorts.
It’s a great time for fans of Godard. WLU Press have recently published Two Bicycles: The Work Of Jean-Luc Godard and Anne Marie Miéville by Jerry White, which acts as a rare long-form study of one of the most fascinating (not to mention overlooked) periods of the director’s career. We’ll be covering it extensively later this Winter in Periodical #4. Early next year WLU Press go to press with The Legacies Of Jean-Luc Godard, which sounds equally fascinating.
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