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This is the 3rd edition with a publication date of 12/7/2010.

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Richard Roud's seminal study of the director Jean-Luc Godard places him in the context of modern European cinema, on which Godard's work has been hugely influential, and considers Godard's "political" cinema, including the ferocious masterpieceWeekend. This new edition includes an introduction by Michael Temple. Drawing on a wide range of literary, filmic, and philosophical texts, the book places Godard's work in its intellectual context, examining how developments in French culture and thought since 1950 have been mirrored in--and sometimes anticipated by--Godard's edgy films.

Author Biography

Richard Roud (1929–1989) was an American writer on film and co-founder/director of the New York Film Festival. In the 1950s, Roud became the London correspondent of the French film magazine Cahiers du Cinema and, later, film critic for The Guardian. He also wrote annual reports from the Cannes Film Festival. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, his books include Cinema: A Critical Dictionary - The Major Film-Makers and A Passion for Film.

Michael Temple is senior lecturer in the history and theory of cinema at Birkbeck College, University of London. His publications include Jean-Luc Godard: Documents (co-editor), The French Cinema Book, and For Ever Godard. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the 3rd Editionp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Outsiderp. 11
Politicsp. 31
Narrationp. 41
Reality and Abstractionp. 65
France, American Stylep. 91
La Chinoise and After: The Damascus Roadp. 119
Appendix: Shorts and Sketchesp. 141
Notesp. 158
Filmographyp. 159
Acknowledgmentsp. 183
Indexp. 184
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