Everything Is Cinema

The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard

Richard Brody

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A landmark biography explores the crucial resonances among the life, work, and times of one of the most influential filmmakers of our age

When Jean-Luc Godard wed the ideals of filmmaking to the realities of autobiography and current events, he changed the nature of cinema. Unlike any earlier films, Godard’s work shifts fluidly from fiction to documentary, from criticism to art. The man himself also projects shifting images—cultural hero, fierce loner, shrewd businessman. Hailed by filmmakers as a—if not the—key influence on cinema, Godard has entered the modern canon, a figure as mysterious as he is indispensable.

In Everything Is Cinema, critic Richard Brody has amassed hundreds of interviews to demystify the elusive director and his work. Paying as much attention to Godard’s technical inventions as to the political forces of the postwar world, Brody traces an arc from the director’s early critical writing, through his popular success with Breathless, to the grand vision of his later years. He vividly depicts Godard’s wealthy conservative family, his fluid politics, and his tumultuous dealings with women and fellow New Wave filmmakers.
Everything Is Cinema confirms Godard’s greatness and shows decisively that his films have left their mark on screens everywhere.

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Chapter One

"WE DO NOT THINK WE ARE THOUGHT"

In the second edition, dated June 1950, of a thin newspaper-like magazine published in Paris, La Gazette du cinéma, a nineteen-year-old writer made a modest debut. Jean-Luc Godard's article, simply titled "Joseph Mankiewicz," was a short and breezy overview of that director's career, though, as in the following reference to the director's recent film, A Letter to Three Wives, it was devoted less to his Films than to Mankiewicz himself: " 'One can judge a woman's past by her present,' Mankiewicz says somewhere: this letter

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Richard Brody

Richard Brody, a film critic and editor at The New Yorker, is also an independent filmmaker who lives in New York City. Everything Is Cinema is his first book.

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Everything Is Cinema
The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard
Richard Brody

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Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books
May 2008
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ISBN: 9781429924313
ISBN10: 1429924314
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 704 pages, Includes approximately thirty black-and-white illustrations throughout
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Picador
June 2009
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ISBN: 9780805080155
ISBN10: 0805080155
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 720 pages, Includes approximately thirty black-and-white illustrations
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