Jean-Luc Godard: histoire(s) du cinéma

May 13, 2009 8:00 pm

1988–98. video. 266 min, colour and b&w. French with English subtitles.

Histoire du cinéma – a TV series/video essay – was made for canal+, arte and Gaumont, from 1988 to 1998. The work subdivides into four chapters of two parts each.
An extended essay on cinema by means of cinema. A history of the cinema, and history interpreted by the cinema. A homage and a critique.
An anecdotal autobiography, illuminated by Godard’s encyclopedic wit, extending the idiom established by Jean-Luc Godard par Jean-Luc Godard.
An epic – and non-linear – poem. A freely associative essay.
A vast multi-layered musical composition. Histoire du cinéma is all of these. It is above all, a work made by a man who loves and is fascinated by the world of film.

7 pm part i :  147 min
1(a) : toutes les histoires (1988), 51 min.
1(b) : une histoire seule (1989), 42 min.
2(a) : seule le cinéma (1997), 26 min.
2(b)  : fatale beauté (1997), 28 min.

break : 20 min.

10:30pm part ii :  119 min
3(a) : la monnaie de l’absolu (1998), 27 min.
3(b) : une vague nouvelle (1998), 27 min.
4(a) : le contrôle de l’univers (1998), 27 min.
4(b) : les signes parmi nous (1998), 38 min.

With the support of the embassy of Switzerland in Beirut