August 23, 2015

Come on Godard & Truffaut, Can't You Guys Just Get Along?

One of the constants in the world of cinema is the curious animosity between some of the greatest auteurs in history.

Jean-Luc Godard is one of those filmmakers that attracts all sorts of descriptions, but there is no question he was a filmmaker that helped change the face of cinema. He was also pretty opinionated, not unlike many of the auteurs at the time, and famously had a bizarre feud with former friend François Truffaut:

In this supplement on Criterion's release of François Truffaut's DAY FOR NIGHT, film scholar Dudley Andrew talks about the major fight that Truffaut and former friend Jean-Luc Godard got into around the time of that film's release in 1973. 

And a clip from the film Day for Night:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-O3FOwJQdY

As a bonus:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OL-V8YMg5-U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa84HOBlUXA

Interestingly enough, Godard is one of the few filmmakers of the time still with us today, and he's still making movies all these years later. In hindsight, the fight seems a bit silly, as both of them were still making memorable films, but then again, none of the fights between filmmakers ever make much sense, especially considering how hard it is to actually get a movie made and the passion it takes to get up in the morning and face constant rejection and difficulty trying to get films off the ground. While cinema is always changing, one thing is constant: the most iconic directors have pretty strong opinions about colleagues and they certainly aren't shy about sharing them.

Which side are you on? Do you think Godard had a point and Truffaut had lost his way, or was Godard a bit off his rocker?     

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Godard vs. Truffaut - always Truffaut for me. Day for Night is one of my all time favorites and while Godard is (was) full of good ideas, he seemed to think diligence, iterating and patience were all beneath him, so none of his stuff feels complete or whole - and that has nothing to do with his budgets. Just a typical, modernist 20th century capital-A Artist, who sees craft and nuance as impediments to ideas/ideology. Net result : films that are nice window dressing for lackluster, simplified philosophy.

August 24, 2015 at 1:44PM, Edited August 24, 1:45PM

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August 25, 2015 at 10:51AM

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Godard seemed jealous not of Truffaut's talent but of his, and his latest films success at that time.

August 24, 2015 at 4:17PM

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