This series features works from the director known for opening one’s eyes to new ways to thinking about cinema, through the inspired use of elliptical structure, jump cuts, extreme close-ups, Brechtian techniques, and engagement with the essay form. Godard was also known for underpinning the radical form of films, in order to create rich layers of meaning and fertile ground for interpretation. This film series will feature eighteen films, all of which have inspired future filmmakers including Pier Paolo Pasolini (who had a film series at BAMPFA not too long ago), and Quentin Tarantino.
The series begins on January 31st with the film that launched Godard’s career Breathless (1959), followed by the first 1960’s film screening during the series Le petit soldat (1960). Then as the month of February begins, the series continues on with 1961’s A Woman Is a Woman, 1962’s Vivre sa vie and 1963’s Les carabineers on February 8th, Contempt on February 15th and Band of Outsiders on February 22nd (both from 1964). On February 23rd, BAMPFA presents the first batch of shorts from Godard including All the Boys Are Called Patrick and Une histoire d’eau.
In March, the series enters the mid 1960s with 1966’s Masculine Feminine on March 8th, 1965’s Pierrot le fou on March 9th, 1966’s Made in U.S.A. on March 13th, and 1966’s Two or Three Things I Know About Her. The series concludes in April, beginning on the 5th with 1965’s Alphaville. Then it’s a turn to the late 1960s with three films from 1967; Far From Vietnam (April 8th), La Chinoise (April 12th), and Weekend (April 19th). On April 13th, BAMPFA presents another batch of shorts including La paresse/Sloth and The Great Swindle.
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