Monday, August 28, 2006

Godard (one last time, for now)

OK, I think I will put the Godard posts on hiatus; if I return with more of them I won't do it for a 3-4 weeks or so. However, let me end the string with a query: can anyone recommend good sources for discussions of either 'light' (as an aesthetic or philosophical thing) or 'lighting' (in a nuts-and-bolts technical way) in Godard's work? Peripheral stuff--really good discussions of color, for instance--could be helpful too. English is first choice, but with a dictionary and maybe a friend I could hammer out something in a Romance language too. If you can think of something, drop a comment or an email, it'd be very appreciated.

8 comments:

Matthew said...

There's nothing in For Ever Godard?

HarryTuttle said...

Briefly and crypticaly in France tour détour deux enfants, one segment is about Light (philosophicaly).

PWC said...

There is the discussion of the 35-8 camera (as in 35mm but as small as Super 8) camera that Godard had manufactured in the expanded Godard on Godard (at least in the French version). I believe the first shot of Passion was shot with the camera, though I could be wrong. There at least two articles, including an interview, on the camera.

Andy Rector said...

Try to find interviews with Coutard, I know I've read some where he talked about light+Godard (but I can't find where). And elsewhere someone said that at a certain point Godard stopped putting lights behind the camera, instead the light bodies forth towards the camera (all those interior shots where the exposure is set for the window). "Go towards the light, and shine it on our night...".
I'd also put in a good word for Chris Darke's book on Alphaville (Illinois U. Press), a film which is all about light.

(I'll write you soon Zach!)

Zach Campbell said...

Matt, there may be stuff in For Ever Godard, but I don't own the book (and it's checked it from the library where I work). Previously I had only photocopied a couple of 'choice' articles like Brenez's.

Harry, thanks--I hope to get to that mega-work as soon as is practical.

Patrick and Andy, thanks ...

Jay McRoy (FYI: My web page is a freakin' mess) said...

In _For Ever Godard_ there is an article by Vicki Callahan called "Gravity and Grace": On the "Sacred" and Cinematic Vision in the Films of JLG." This article deals specifically with light in relation to Deleuzian notions of "becoming" and "intensity'; given some of your recent posts, this might very well be right up your alley. Specifically, she ties Godard's use of light with artists like Rembrandt, Kandinsky, etc. Highly recommended. I hope this helps.

Jay McRoy said...

In _For Ever Godard_ there is an article by Vicki Callahan called "Gravity and Grace": On the "Sacred" and Cinematic Vision in the Films of JLG." This article deals specifically with light in relation to Deleuzian notions of "becoming" and "intensity'; given some of your recent posts, this might very well be right up your alley. Specifically, she ties Godard's use of light with artists like Rembrandt, Kandinsky, etc. Highly recommended. I hope this helps.

Zach Campbell said...

Jay, thanks for the tip--I think I really do have to break down and purchase For Ever Godard ... Vicki Callahan wrote that book on Feuillade/Musidora that looked pretty fascinating.