Jean-Luc Godard

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.

Jean-Luc Godard (born 3 December 1930 in Paris, France) is a French film director, whose works include the films Alphaville, À bout de souffle, Une Femme est une femme, Vivre sa vie, Bande à part, Tout va bien and many more.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Quoted in: Richard Roud, Godard, introduction (1967, repr. 1970).
  • The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn’t.
    • Quoted in: Richard Roud, Godard, introduction (1970).
  • 'Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second'.
    • Le Petit Soldat (film) (direction and screenplay, 1960).
    • [variation] Cinema is truth at twenty-four frames a second.
  • I would never see a good movie for the first time on television.
    • Source: Los Angeles Free Press, March 15, 1968. Gene Youngblood
    • Cited in: Tim Concannon, Praising Arizona, March 2013
  • [I think] the movie is not a thing which is taken by the camera; the movie is the reality of the movie moving from reality to the camera.
    • from Los Angeles Free Press, March 22, 1968. Gene Youngblood
  • In films, we are trained by the American way of moviemaking to think we must understand and 'get' everything right away. But this is not possible. When you eat a potato, you don't understand each atom of the potato!
    • from The Christian Science Monitor - August 3, 1994. David Sterritt
  • 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.

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