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Posted: Sat Jan 04, 2003 12:17 pm
I would like to know if there are any good European directors or writers who are 'anti-Godard' - his politics especially.
Posted: Sun Jan 05, 2003 7:36 am
I'm not quite sure what you mean...Godard is a Marxist and socialist (if there is such a thing), and most European directors from his era, I could be wrong, but I believe are also socialists. Do you mean modern filmmakers?
Posted: Sun Jan 05, 2003 2:24 pm
I don't like Godard but I think he is the greatest filmmaker. That may sound like a paradox but I think it is like Wilde's epigram 'I choose my enemies for their good intellects.' I was wondering if there have been any filmmakers who have openly opposed Godard's ideas, but intelligently and not through pettiness. I am opposed to almost everything Godard stands for but yet I enjoy watching his films and I admit the brilliance of his cinematic art. Godard is at heart a decadent, unsurprisingly for a rich man turned socialist. I think his jumping headfirst into Maoism and party politics is unforgivable.
Posted: Sun Jan 05, 2003 10:47 pm
While it may not exactly answer your question, it is true that Truffaut had a falling out with him in the early 70s over drug use and politics and they did not speak for about the last 10 years of Truffaut's life.
Posted: Mon Jan 06, 2003 9:44 am
I always thought that Truffaut was a much more compassionate filmmaker than Godard. Really Le Mepris was the turning point in my feelings for Godard.
Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2003 5:08 am
In a biography I read on Truffaut years ago, they showed the letter Godard wrote to him, calling him a "shithead" and a "style director", but I never heard of any drug use. I thought it had started over disputes about Henri Langois' Cinematique in Paris and Truffaut becoming a more "mainstream" and classical director.
Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2003 3:32 pm
The only one I can think of is Claude Chabrol, my favorite french director, who always associates women, his main protagonists, with resistance and strength and rebellion.
Goddard is the opposite. He proposes women to be the main upholders of bourgeoise materialims and the oppression of man, a conspiracy between God and women against man.
There's a story about him asking Jean Seaberg to have her character in "Breathless" rob her boyfriend once he's lying dead on the ground and take his wallet.
She refused to do it. After all, even a simpleton would figure that an upper class female architeture student and petty theft are a bit far fetched a match.