Friday, February 24, 2012


I've squeezed all i can outta Andrei Tarkovsky (if you haven't gotten familiar with my ongoing "School Of..." series maybe its time to do that before going any further; The School Of Tarkovsky Part 1, 2, 3 & The School Of Todd Solondz: Movie Poster Designs). Now its time to move on to another influential director: 
Jean Luc Godard.
Some people watch 'Pulp Fiction' once, buy a few criterion DVDs and blindly throw around a phrase like; Jean Luc Godard is one of the most influential filmmakers to ever live, but have no idea what they're really talking about. I mean, that statement IS true but how may of you guys out there can spot all the various references and stolen shots that have popped up in cinema over the last 50 years?
In the images below you'll see Godard's influences on his contemporaries like; Milos Forman and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, as well as directors from the next generation like Xavier Dolan (who's sophomore effort, 'Heartbeats', is a straight Godard homage) and Hal Hartley (who was nicknamed: "The Jean Luc Godard of Long Island" at one point) and even music videos. I'm no Godard expert, but I still know enough to make an interesting new series like this. I kept it simple with the first installment and focused on the more recognizable Godard films like; 'Alphaville', 'Band Of Outsider', 'A Woman Is A Woman' and a few more.


'Vivre Sa Vie' (1962) - Godard
'Loves Of A Blonde' (1963) - Milos Forman

'Alphaville' (1965) - Godard
"Turn Me On" (2011) - The Grates

'Love Is Colder Than Death' (1969) - Rainer Werner Fassbinder

'A Woman Is A Woman' (1961)

'Maps' - Yeah Yeah Yeah's (2003)

A Woman Is A Woman


A Woman Is A Woman



"Linger" - The Cranberries (1993)



'Michel Subor  in 'Beau Travail' (1999)
-Claire Denis

Michel Subor  in 'La Petit Soldat' 
(1963) - Godard

'Beau Travail'

'Le Petit Soldat'

Anna Karina's classic "look" (specifically the hair) found in all of Godard's films which has become a popular look amongst many female characters in film today... 
Uma Thurman in 'Pulp Fiction' (1994) - Tarantino
Elina Lowensohn in 'Amateur' (1994) - Hal Hartley
Holly Hunter in 'Crash' (1996) - David Cronenberg
Monia Chokri - 'Heartbeats' (2010) - Xavier Dolan

'Band Of Outsiders' (1963) - Godard
'Simple Men' (1992) - Hal Hartley

'Band Of Outsiders' opening credits
logo for Quentin Tarantino's production company....


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