Monthly Feature

The Films of Jean-Luc Godard

Every Wednesday in January at 7:00pm • Regular Admission Prices

“Movies should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.” – Jean-Luc Godard

Throughout the 1960s, cinephiles eagerly awaited the latest film (or two) by Jean-Luc Godard. A founding father of the French New Wave, the former Cahiers du Cinéma critic was the New Wave’s most restlessly innovative and consistently subversive filmmaker, with each new work seemingly rewriting the grammar of film.

See all four movies in the series and you’ll be entered into a FREE RAFFLE for a GODARD GIFT BAG, including a 50th Anniversary Breathless poster, the brand-new Criterion release of Godard‘s Every Man for Himself (1980) on blu ray, and more!

Jump cuts, asynchronous soundtracks, self-narration, cinema as essay, cinema as collage, self-referential cinema, cinema of anarchy … you name it, Godard’s 1960s oeuvre redefined “cutting edge.” Through Godard’s movies, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg and Anna Karina became New Wave icons, with the dark-eyed Danish beauty Karina doubling as the director’s muse through several quintessential collaborations – and a tumultuous four-year marriage. Over forty years after the upheavals of May 1968, and blessed with 100% hindsight, one can almost see the chaos coming through the satire and social criticism in Godard’s chronicles of “the children of Marx and Coca-Cola.” Starting in the 1970s, his ever-more-outré stylistic leaps would further push the boundaries of cinema, exhilarating some viewers and confounding others, but his restless search for new ways to redraw the map of film has never ceased, culminating in the spectacular Goodbye to Language 3D, his 39th feature-length film and winner of the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.