Jean-Luc Godard: Expect Everything from Cinema

1/31/14 to 4/19/14

Jean-Luc Godard has shaped the course of film history in profound ways. We are honoring the legendary French filmmaker, who will turn eighty-four this year, with a year-long retrospective: between January and April we focus on his pre-1968 films and in the fall we present his post-1968 oeuvre. Come open your eyes to a new way of thinking about cinema.

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Past Films

  • Weekend

    • Saturday, April 19 8:30 pm

    Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1967) A surreally funny and deeply disturbing expression of social oblivion that ended the first phase of Godard's career. “(Godard's) best film, and his most inventive. It is almost pure movie” (Roger Ebert). (105 mins)

  • The Anthology Films

    • Sunday, April 13 6 pm

    A selection of short films made by Godard and excerpted from omnibus films. (104 mins)

  • La Chinoise

    • Saturday, April 12 8:35pm

    Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1967). Godard's 1967 Pop-agitprop portrait of revolutionary youth. “Feels like a trial run for the May 1968 revolution. See it by any means necessary!" (Time Out NY) (99 mins)

  • Far from Vietnam

    • Tuesday, April 8 7 pm

    Jean-Luc Godard et al. (France, 1967). A unique collaboration by seven noted directors-William Klein, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Lelouch, Joris Ivens, Chris Marker, Agnès Varda, and Alain Resnais-produced as a fundraiser for the Vietnamese. (115 mins)

  • Alphaville

    • Saturday, April 5 8:30 pm

    Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1965). “Godard's conceptual masterpiece is a hardboiled, Pop Art, sci-fi gloss on Cocteau's Orpheus and Orwell's 1984” (Village Voice). (98 mins)

  • Two or Three Things I Know About Her

    • Saturday, March 29 8:45 pm

    Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1966). An incisive view of prostitution and Paris, with breathtaking color photography by Raoul Coutard. “Perhaps Godard's greatest feature" (Susan Sontag). (90 mins)

  • Made in U.S.A.

    • Thursday, March 13 7 pm

    Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1966). In glowing color and 'Scope, Godard's last film with Anna Karina is “beautiful, goofy, and explosive . . . Godard's ultimate statement about his love/hatred for the aesthetics/politics of American movies/life ” (Jonathan Rosenbaum). (90 mins)

  • Pierrot le fou

    • Sunday, March 9 5:30 pm

    Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1965). Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina in Godard's audacious take on the lovers-on-the-run genre, lensed in ravishing color by Raoul Coutard. (110 mins)

  • Masculine Feminine

    • Saturday, March 8 8:30 pm

    Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1966). Jean-Pierre Léaud is one of “the children of Marx and Coca-Cola”-the young people of Paris circa 1965. (110 mins)

  • Une femme mariée

    • Friday, February 28 8:45 pm

    Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1964). A married woman splits her time between her aviator hubby and a preening actor in one of Godard's first film-essays, a study of “woman reduced to object by the pressures of modern life, incapable of being herself" (Godard). (94 mins)

  • Godard's Early Shorts

    • Sunday, February 23 5pm

    A glimpse of Godard in the process of becoming “Godard.” This program of Godard's first shorts includes Opération béton, All the Boys Are Called Patrick, Une histoire d'eau, and Charlotte et son Jules. (89 mins)

  • Band of Outsiders

    • Saturday, February 22 8:20 pm

    Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1964). Student Pick! Anna Karina, Sami Frey, and Claude Brasseur are unlikely burglars in Godard's “reverie of a gangster movie” (Pauline Kael). (97 mins)

  • Contempt

    • Saturday, February 15 8:20 pm

    Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1964). New Digital Restoration! Godard's Homeric homage to Fritz Lang, “one of the defining moments of modernist filmmaking” (Film Comment). With Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance. (103 mins)

  • Vivre sa vie

    • Saturday, February 8 6:30 pm

    Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1962). Godard's fragmentary portrait of a prostitute makes Anna Karina an object of endless visual fascination, and inspired Fassbinder to cast Karina in Chinese Roulette. “A film of extraordinary purity” (Manny Farber). (85 mins)

  • Les carabiniers

    • Saturday, February 8 8:15 pm

    Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1963). This antiwar allegory, told from the viewpoint of those who fight, is one of Godard's most Brechtian antinarratives, filmed objectively and dispassionately to paradoxically amplify the futility and absurdity of war. Script by Roberto Rossellini. (80 mins)

  • A Woman Is a Woman

    • Saturday, February 1 6:30 pm

    Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1961). “A whimsical celebration of romance, sentiment, musical comedy, color film, the city of Paris and the abundant charms of Anna Karina” (NY Times). (85 mins)

  • Breathless

    • Friday, January 31 7 pm

    Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1959). Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo in the jazzy genre pastiche that launched Godard's career and embodied the breathless bravado of the New Wave. (90 mins)

  • Le petit soldat

    • Friday, January 31 8:50 pm

    Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1960). A disillusioned French counter-agent in Geneva becomes embroiled with Algerian separatists, Parisian torturers, and Anna Karina in Godard's second film, banned for three years in France. (88 mins)