Mar 26, 2009

Meditating on JLG in USA

Over at Hammer to Nail, I wrote today about the disc which accompanies The Believer's 2009 Film Issue. Its called JLG in USA and it chronicles, via a series of rarely seen short films and archived interviews, the great French auteur Jean-Luc Godard's travels from his abandonment of commercial film in the late 60s to his return with Every Man for Himself in 1980. I open the piece, which delves into my own personal obsession and gradual disillusionment with his work and public persona, with a discussion of the essential unwatchability of Godard's 1975 experimental feature Numero Deux, which was cynically billed at the time as a sequel to Breathless. Check out the opening ten minutes below and see how long you can tolerate it.