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Monday, January 28, 2013

Jean-Luc Godard: "Every Edit Is A Lie"

Radical French New Wave filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard is still one of the leading figures in the movement to challenge and transform traditional forms of so-called Hollywood filmmaking. Last year, as an exercise in two parts, I created these two video mash ups (essays?) on Godard's own work.

[Beneath each video is the original description that was published on its Vimeo page.]

SOURCE: Pierrot Le Fou dist. Pathé Contemporary Films
MUSIC: "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye (MAKING MIRRORS Album)


Unquestionably one of the most audacious and simultaneously problematic tracking shots in cinematic history, this sequence from Jean-Luc Godard's Week End (1967) succeeds in visually demonstrating a chaotic cross section of human existence. The downside is that we have to (annoyingly) hear cars honking on the soundtrack for nearly eight minutes. In reaction to this, I have manipulated this portion of the film by way of arranging the visuals to Paul Cantelon's music piece "Theme for the Diving Bell and the Butterfly."

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