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Quotes of the day: Jean-Luc Godard

Published Tuesday, December 03, 2013 @ 12:13 AM EST
Dec 03 2013

(Today is also the birthday of Joseph Conrad)

Jean-Luc Godard (b. December 3, 1930) is a French-Swiss film director, screenwriter and film critic. He is often identified with the 1960s French film movement La Nouvelle Vague, or "New Wave". (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.

All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.

American pictures usually have no subject, only a story. A pretty woman is not a subject. Julia Roberts doing this and that is not a subject.

Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.

Beauty is composed of an eternal, invariable element whose quantity is extremely difficult to determine, and a relative element which might be, either by turns or all at once, period, fashion, moral, passion.

Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.

Every edit is a lie.

First there was Greek civilization. Then there was the Renaissance. Now we're entering the Age of the Ass.

I pity the French Cinema because it has no money. I pity the American Cinema because it has no ideas.

I would never see a good movie for the first time on television.

It's not where you take things from- it's where you take them to.

Movies in Hollywood now, for the past 20 or 30 years, are made mainly by lawyers or agents.

My aesthetic is that of the sniper on the roof.

Objects exist and if one pays more attention to them than to people, it is precisely because they exist more than the people. Dead objects are still alive. Living people are often already dead.

Photography is truth. Cinema is truth twenty-four times a second.

Poetry is a game of loser-take-all.

Sometimes reality is too complex. Stories give it form.

The more one talks, the less the words mean.

The truth is that there is no terror untempered by some great moral idea.

There is no such thing as intellectual property.

To be or not to be. That's not really a question.

To me style is just the outside of content, and content the inside of style, like the outside and the inside of the human body- both go together, they can't be separated.

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