Belatedly Breathless

Omigod I've fallen so far behind. As the Film Forum so kindly reminded me via e-mail,  last Friday was Jean Luc Godard's 80th birthday. You could, if you're lucky enough to be in New York this week, go down there and see a sparkling new print of Breathless. Or you can just lazily go online to netflix and live stream a JLG triple feature - Breathless (1960 with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg), A Woman Is A Woman (1961 with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina), and Pierrot Le Fou (1965 Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina again).

For my part, I've dug up these photos that I took of Godard when he came to New York City in 1990, for the NY Film Festival screening of his film "Nouvelle Vague". The proof sheet shots below were taken at his press conference. For the other shots, I followed him as he left the theater and took to the streets. As Godard rarely comes over to the US anymore (he didn't come to Hollywood this year to pick up his honorary Oscar, or to any NY Film Festival screening of his films since 1990 - including this year's screening of Film Socialisme), I feel lucky that I was there to get these shots.

Jean-Luc Godard at the NY FIlm Festival 1990