Jean-Luc Godard is 83 years old today. The greatest artist of the cinema age. 

While shunning the mainstream in the years-post 1968, Godard’s pioneering work has remained a mainstay of the film industry for over 50 years. He’s a true innovator. As one of the earliest adopters of video, back in the late 1960s, he paved the way for the cinema as it stands right now, a whole generation later, while his Histoire(s) du cinéma is one of the true masterpieces of the non-celluloid.

He shows no sign of stopping. Speculation concerning Godard’s imminent retirement have become almost a part the lead-in hype at this stage of the production of a new Godard film, and with Adieu au language due next Spring claims that it’s to be his final piece are already eking out (it’s important to note that similar rumours came attached with Éloge de l’amour and Film Socialisme, only to come to nothing).

To mark Godard’s birthday we’ve embedded the first part (of 6) of the filmmakers appearance on the Dick Cavett show in 1980, shot whilst he was on the promotional circuit for Slow Motion (aka Sauve qui peut (la vie), or Every Man For Himself, depending on your geographical boundary). It’s a fascinating opportunity to see Godard speak at length, and on an English language television show.

All six parts can be found here.

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