Media Arts Program

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Jean Luc Godard

The Image Book

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(2018, 84 minutes)
directed by Jean Luc Godard

Do you still remember how, long ago, we trained our thoughts? Most often we'd start from a dream. We wondered how, in total darkness, colours of such intensity could emerge within us. In a soft, low voice. Saying great things. Surprising, deep and accurate matters. Image and words. Like a bad dream written on a stormy night. Under western eyes. The lost paradises. War is here.

The Image Book (Le Livre d'image) directed by Jean Luc Godard has been described as an avant-garde horror essay and is composed of a series of films, paintings, and selections of music tied together with narration and additional original footage by Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville. In this way, the film is similar to his iconic film series Histoire(s) du cinema in examining the history of cinema and its inability to address the atrocities of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Writing for Film Comment, Amy Taubin explained,
"From the first, Godard's movies have been informed by his belief in film as the medium in which the history of the 20th century is written. His collage films, beginning with the epic Histoire(s) du cinéma (1988-1998), describe how the medium in which this history of the world is inscribed shifts from celluloid, which is projected to a collective audience in theaters, to videotape, the Internet, and discs, all available for personal viewing; and how these works also could be used to "write" image histories as personal as literary histories always have been. To these mediums has been added, in the 21st century, digital cinema ... continue reading >>