Jean-Luc Godard

18 Sep

Can’t get this prologue to Godard’s Contempt out of my mind:

Spoken credits – love it!  The boom mic as the actor and camera team (in profile) approach the viewer –love it! But it’s the way in which it transitions, without missing a beat–  the turn of the camera onto the viewer with these lines is unexpected and thrilling – “The cinema,” said Andre Bazin, “substitutes for our gaze– a world more in harmony with our desires.”   Leading to the intimate bedroom scene with use of colored filters:   “I love you totally, tenderly, tragically.”  It’s a fascinating progression.


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