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, photos, and the beneficiant use of citation jump-cut and recur to ship the mind's eye reeling during the greater works of either artists. Readers can be seduced to linger in the writing and inspired to hunt past, to Godard's personal oeuvre.
The publication is sharply anticipated and thoroughly cadenced with a view to pride readers who is probably not conversant in Godard's movies. these already accustomed to Godard's paintings will locate on the restrict of breath a so much lucrative adventure.
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Additional info for At the Limit of Breath: Poems on the Films of Jean-Luc Godard
So it both looks forward to these events, and looks back on them. It is full of the anticipation of a revolution to come; it is full of the tragedy of a revolution that has failed. Godard had seen its coming; now he must watch its going. But for Godard, the discourse of politics is also the “gay science” of poetry. The student of politics is an apprentice troubadour. ” Godard has always produced brilliant images (Le Gai Savoir is full of them), but now he begins an intensive self-interrogation of what makes an image not only clear but true.
Love, hate, action, violence, death — in a word, emotion. ” So she walks, singing, through the white apartment, stacks of automatic rifles on the wall beneath the Picasso reproductions and a man collapsed on the bed, a pair of scissors stuck in his neck. They leave Paris by a one-way street driving south into Rimbaud’s blue. A weekend crash on a ruined highway. A poet named after a gun. Words have the power to disperse the shadows from around the objects they name. Wading knee-deep upriver. Driving a stolen white convertible into the Mediterranean Sea.
It is full of the anticipation of a revolution to come; it is full of the tragedy of a revolution that has failed. Godard had seen its coming; now he must watch its going. But for Godard, the discourse of politics is also the “gay science” of poetry. The student of politics is an apprentice troubadour. ” Godard has always produced brilliant images (Le Gai Savoir is full of them), but now he begins an intensive self-interrogation of what makes an image not only clear but true. ” Two images held in dynamic tension.