Paris, France. is a French film director
, whose works include the films Alphaville
, À bout de souffle
, Une Femme est une femme
, Vivre sa vie
, Bande à part
, Tout va bien
and many more
- Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.
- "What Is Cinema?" Les Amis du Cinéma (Paris, October 1, 1952).
- The truth is that there is no terror untempered by some great moral idea.
- "Strangers on a Train," Cahiers du Cinéma (Paris, March 10, 1952).
- Beauty is composed of an eternal, invariable element whose quantity is extremely difficult to determine, and a relative element which might be, either by turns or all at once, period, fashion, moral, passion.
- "Defence and Illustration of Classical Construction," Cahiers du Cinéma (Paris, Sept. 15, 1952).
- All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.
- Journal entry, May 16, 1991.
- To me style is just the outside of content, and content the inside of style, like the outside and the inside of the human body—both go together, they can’t be separated.
- Quoted in Richard Roud, Godard, introduction (1967, repr. 1970).
- The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn’t.
- Quoted in Richard Roud, Godard, introduction (1970).
- Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second.
- Le Petit Soldat (film) (direction and screenplay, 1960).
- [variation] Cinema is truth at twenty-four frames a second.
- "I would never see a good movie for the first time on television."
- from Los Angeles Free Press, March 15, 1968. Gene Youngblood
- "...the movie is not a thing which is taken by the camera; the movie is the reality of the movie moving from reality to the camera."
- from Los Angeles Free Press, March 22, 1968. Gene Youngblood
- "In films, we are trained by the American way of moviemaking to think we must understand and 'get' everything right away. But this is not possible. When you eat a potato, you don't understand each atom of the potato!"
- from The Christian Science Monitor - August 3, 1994. David Sterritt
- "To be only spectacular should be 5 or 10 percent of cinema."
- "American pictures usually have no subject, only a story. A pretty woman is not a subject. Julia Roberts doing this and that is not a subject."
- "Movies in Hollywood now, for the past 20 or 30 years, are made mainly by lawyers or agents."