Michael Witt

Jean-Luc Godard, Cinema Historian

Originally released as a videographic experiment in film history, Jean-Luc Godard's Histoire(s) du cinéma has been widely hailed as a landmark in how we think about and narrate cinema history, and in how history is taught through cinema. In this stunningly illustrated volume, Michael Witt explores Godard’s landmark work as both a specimen of an artist's vision and a philosophical statement on the history of film. Witt contextualizes Godard's theories and approaches to historiography and provides a guide to the wide-ranging cinematic, aesthetic, and cultural forces that shaped Godard's groundbreaking ideas on the history of cinema.
574 printed pages
Original publication

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    he past is never dead. It’s not even past,” he says at one point in the series, citing William Faulkner’s celebrated dictum.3 If the fundamental challenge facing all historians is that of bringing the past to life, Godard’s response to that challenge – the central tenet of his theorem – is the pro
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    Bring together things that have as yet never been brought together and did not seem predisposed to be so,” he suggests simply, citing Robert Bresson

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