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Still from Cyril Leuthy’s Godard Cinema (2022) courtesy Kino Lorber. Photo by Anne Wiazemsky.

Trailer of a Film That Will Never Exist: Phony Wars followed by Godard's Cinema

Dive into Godard’s New Wave

  • Sunday, July 21, 2024
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • Films
  • In-person
  • Registration Required
  • Drop-In Registration

Trailer of a Film That Will Never Exist: Phony Wars
At the time of his death in September 2022, Godard had been planning another feature, an adaptation of Belgian author Charles Plisnier’s 1937 novel Faux Passports. Though it was never produced, Godard put together the intricate and beautiful Trailer of A Film That Will Never Exist: Phony Wars. A complex collage of history, politics, and cinema constructed of paper and glue, paintings and photographs, sound and silence, it now stands as his final work. He accompanied it with the following text: “Rejecting the billions of alphabetic diktats to liberate the incessant metamorphoses and metaphors of a necessary and true language by returning to the locations of past film shoots, while keeping track of modern times.” (Jean-Luc Godard, 2023, 20 minutes) 

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Godard’s Cinema
Jean-Luc Godard is synonymous with cinema. With the release of Breathless in 1960, he established himself overnight as a cinematic rebel and symbol for the era's progressive and anti-war youth. Sixty-two years and 140 films later, Godard is among the most renowned artists of all time, taught in every film school yet still shrouded in mystery. The documentary Godard's Cinema offers an opportunity for film lovers to look back at his career and the subjects and themes he often returned to, while paying tribute to the ineffable essence of one of the most revered French directors of all time. (Cyril Leuthy, 2022, DCP, 100 minutes)

This program is part of the Dive into Godard’s New Wave film series