Man’s Greatest invention
During an interview conducted by producer and writer Colin McCabe with Raoul Coutard the famed cinematographer made an apt description of Jean-Luc Godard’s films: “some of them are really annoying. Some are really quite boring. But compared to other directors who made boring films for an hour and a half with Jean-Luc there’s always at least twenty minutes which are fantastic” Even the most unyielding Godard devotee would agree that moments of exasperation and ineffable grace rub shoulders. My own obsession with the fiery French maverick reached its peak after Weekend (1967). Since then I’ve entered each post-1967 film with the mindset to glean the meaningful moments that nestle in-between the growing vexation.