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JEAN-LUC GODARD’S TEN BEST FILMS

Tyler Malone Counts Them Down

Film Insight by Tyler Malone

March 2011

In celebration of Jean-Luc Godard’s Honorary Award at this year’s Oscars, I decided to create my Godard Top Ten:

1. Pierrot le Fou (Pete the Mad)

2. Bande à Part (Band of Outsiders)

3. Vivre Sa Vie: Film en Douze Tableaux (My Life to Live)

4. Week End

5. Une Femme est une Femme (A Woman is a Woman)

6. À Bout de Souffle (Breathless)

7. Film Socialisme (Socialism)

8. Le Mépris (Contempt)

9. Alphaville: Une Étrange Aventure de Lemmy Caution (Alphaville: A Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution)

10. Éloge de L’amour (In Praise of Love)

What is so difficult about making a Godard Top Ten is that he has so many fabulous films. I am sad that I have had to leave out such strange and wonderful films as JLG/JLG – Autoportrait de Décembre (JLG/JLG – Self-Portrait in December), La Chinoise (The Chinese Girl), Tout Va Bien (Everything’s All Right) and Sauve Qui Peut [La Vie] (Every Man for Himself).

NOTE: Obviously all “Top Tens” are fluid and upon reviewing certain films, they shift in order and what not, but if you are unfamiliar with the man being recognized for his enormous contribution to cinema–as many Americans are–then this list may be a good place to begin to understand and engage with one of the great geniuses of modern cinema.

Written by Tyler Malone

Photography Courtesy of Criterion

Design by Marie Havens

Captions:

Film still taken from Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot Le Fou, Courtesy of Criterion

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