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By Stephen Scobie

Stephen Scobie celebrates “the maximum movie director of his age” with poetry exploring forty four of Godard’s movies.

Subtle but profound unities play from poem to poem. Characters, destinations, photographs, and the beneficiant use of citation jump-cut and recur to ship the mind's eye reeling in the course of the greater works of either artists. Readers could be seduced to linger in the writing and inspired to hunt past, to Godard's personal oeuvre.

The booklet is sharply predicted and thoroughly cadenced so that it will satisfaction readers who will not be conversant in Godard's motion pictures. these already accustomed to Godard's paintings will locate on the restrict of breath a so much lucrative event.

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Marilyn Monroe was showing her age, terribly. We felt sad, Madeleine and I. Once again it wasn’t the movie of our dreams, that total movie we carried inside ourselves, that movie we would have loved to make or, more secretly no doubt, that movie we would have loved to live, Madeleine and I. 19 Made in USA Le bonheur, par example… Here she lies with her dark hair spread over happiness. There is, for example, a book in her hands as she lies, perhaps on a bed. Alone. No, it is not in her hands; the book lies open over her breast.

Wait. Learn. — but the sound — “those who poisoned the horses” — but the sound is as clear as a bell. And just as dogmatic. 34 The hectoring, lecturing voice has won its final victory over the stubborn, persistent ambiguity of the visual. I eject the VHS tape, slot it back in its box, file it back on its shelf, open my window, and listen for a wind from the east. 35 Lotte in Italia Struggles in Italy Dziga Vertov Group 1970 Paola stares at the camera raising her right hand in clenched-fist salute.

Her right hand holds a strand of dark hair spread. It is spread over where she is lying. A bed, for example, or happiness. Do you remember happiness? Just for example, long ago. There won’t be any more, until the future. Here she lies with her dark hair spread over happiness; the book lies open on her breast. Her lover is dead. Her lover is dead, and the search begins, always already, here. … oh Paula, you have robbed me of my youth … oh David, tristesse 20 1966 Made in USA 1966 Deux ou trois choses que je sais d’elle Two or Three Things That I Know About Her 1967 If I speak A cup of a time of coffee swirls it’s not yet here in a spiral nebula If I speak of a place It is the wide it has already screen universe disappeared on the table If I speak before you of time itself it’s gone closer and without a trace closer And if I speak Something of a man may make me cry he will soon but the cause of my tears be dead is not to be found in the traces The categories they leave on my cheeks Left and Right are obsolete I have to listen We must speak of them now more than ever otherwise I have to look around me at the world How then?

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