Well, not really. But its such a bold, caustic statement, delivered by one of the most influential, maddening, and downright original filmmakers of the last century, Jean-Luc Godard, that it’s hard to ignore (and I often do buy into its doomsday premise when I see that another Farrlley Brothers movie has entered the world). And since it was his birthday last week, it got me thinking about some of my favorite Godard films (Pierrot le fou and Week End to be specific) and why exactly he is always so fascinating to me as a filmmaker. Yes, he can be pretentious and yes he can be frustratingly obtuse, but he as committed some of the most amazing images to celluloid in the history of film. The palettes on his color films are breathtaking and his compositions are always thoughtful, and often dynamic. He mashes up influences from American film noir, pop art and comic books, along with sensibilities from classic and modern literature to create his own film language. And his narrative structure is another key element of his style, as expressed in this famous quote: “A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end . . . but not necessarily in that order.”
To get things rolling, here is my version of Godard’s muse, Anna Karina, from her turn in Made in U.S. A….
All you need for a movie is a girl and a gun.