Godard and Sound: Acoustic Innovation in the Late Films of Jean-Luc Godard — Book Review by Kathleen Sachs (Guest Post, Exclusive)

Albertine Fox does a fantastic job summarizing the book’s theoretical mission in the first chapter. The book is not only a good resource for the topic at hand; it also provides ‘mini-lessons’ on subjects with which readers may be unfamiliar. This reflects the author’s thoughtfulness—she doesn’t assume that everyone reading is familiar with every reference, and she elaborates in such a way that even those who are familiar will glean something new from how she connects the ideas to her own. Continue reading on THE FEMALE GAZE

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Godard and Sound: Acoustic Innovation in the Late Films of Jean-Luc Godard — Book Review by Moira Sullivan

Albertine Fox’s Godard and Sound (2017) is an impressive and elaborate study of the use of sound in Jean Luc Godard’s later films beginning in 1979 including his multimedia work. The study builds on the foundation of her doctoral thesis, which investigated the aural properties of film and the field of “audio spectatorship” in film criticism and scholarship. Fox’s interest in the subject developed through an appreciation of minimal music with an ‘acoustic’ echo. Repetitive identical musical patterns played in unison result in an echo, such as the music of Phillip Glass, Brian Eno and Meredith Monk. These echoes are likened to “after images” in paintings with overlapping patterns. There is also a parallel in film. Fox experienced two repetitive loops – the “soundtrack” and “the image” track “moving in parallel motion” in Jean-Luc Godard’s Vivre Sa Vie (1962), which became the genesis of Godard and Sound. Continue reading…

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Godard and Sound: Acoustic Innovation in the Late Films of Jean-Luc Godard — Book Review by Martha Nochimson

godard and soundWould you like to take your brain for a walk out of its accustomed rut? If you like the sound of that, you might consider picking up Albertine Fox‘s Godard and Sound. It’s a treat. Beautifully written, meticulously researched, thoughtfully composed, it asks us to think in a new way about the role of anything that vibrates the air to produce noise in cinema, and also about the role of the audience. Fox’s book is a springboard into the films of Jean-Luc Godard, his aesthetics of sound, and a new type of aural realism. Although she says little about his most famous films, À Bout de Souffle, AKA Breathless (1960), for example, and much about films with far less name recognition, for example Prénom Carmen (1983), AKA First Name, Carmen, you don’t have to be a Godard scholar to appreciate its excellence. In fact, it might either whet your appetite to look into the Godard films you haven’t seen or to apply some of Fox’s thoughts to films with interesting sound designs that you already know very well. Continue reading…

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Anne Thompson’s THE $11 BILLION YEAR (Exclusive Excerpt)


After reporting on everything movies for 25 years, Hollywood pundit Anne Thompson, an AWFJ member, has written her first book. It’s fascinating. We excerpt it here.


In its history, the Academy’s largely male directors’ branch had nominated only three other women directors—Italian Lina Wertmüller (Seven Beauties), New Zealander Jane Campion (The Piano), and American Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), daughter of Oscar-winningGodfather creator Francis Ford Coppola.

Gender politics in Hollywood—as everywhere else—are complex, layered, often unconscious, and difficult to parse. One can argue that things are slowly improving for women in the film industry, but they are still woefully underrepresented in too many areas, from hiring, especially as directors, to roles onscreen.

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AWFJ Women On Film – The Book On Movies Essentials – Carrie Rickey comments

The British Film Institute recently polled film critics and historians about the essential films books. Here’s its list — and also mine: Read more>>

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Women On Film – Molly Haskell’s “Frankly, My Dear” – Carrie Rickey comments

Molly Haskell revisits “Gone With the Wind” in “Frankly, My Dear,” a slim but rich volume that persuasively explains why the 1939 film blockbuster it inspired continues to revolt and rivet Americans. To read it is to catch Scarlett Fever. Read more>>

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Book Review: Maitland McDonagh’s “Movie Lust”

“Movie Lust”

By Maitland McDonagh

Sasquatch Books

ISBN 10 1-57061-478-4


If you’re a cinemaniac or want to impress one, Maitland McDonagh’s “Movie Lust” is a must!

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Book Review: New Titles for Smart Moviegoers

“Understanding Movies,” Louis Grannett’s essential student guide to the formula of filmmaking, hitting shelves this February with its 11th Edition. The Prentice-Hall Humanties/Social Science publication has been a staple in classrooms for generations and has been updated to include the newest films and techniques.

“There’s No Business Like Soul Business: a Spiritual Path to Enlightened Screenwriting, Filmmaking and the Performing Arts” will be available in bookstores this winter. Author Derek Rydell, a screenwriter and script “doctor” himself, promises this book with help the reader not just more purposeful, but also prosperous. Now that’s quite a promise, isn’t it?

“Buster Keaton, Tempest in a Flat Hat,” by Edward McPherson, makes its paperback debut in February. Other releases from Newmarket Films Books include the Shooting Scripts for DreamGirls, The Good Shepard, Little Children and United 93 and Little Miss Sunshine. Coming in March, to coordinate with the release of the film, The Namesake: A Portrait of the Film based on the Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri.

Joanna Langfield

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