Godard: The First Wave

January 3 – March 4, 2015

From January 3 through March 4, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents “Godard: The First Wave,” a series of seventeen features and three shorts concentrating on the still vigorous auteur’s early career.

Recently turned 84, Jean-Luc Godard is the seminal figure of modernist cinema, holding a position in film history roughly equivalent to that of James Joyce in literature, Paul Cézanne in painting, and Charlie Parker in jazz. As the early Godard champion and chronicler Richard Roud wrote, “There is the cinema before Godard and the cinema after Godard.”

From his groundbreaking first feature BREATHLESS to his recent Cannes sensation GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE 3D (playing at the Film Center, January 16–February 5), the perennially experimental filmmaker has remained in the front line of film innovation for over fifty years. Godard created the most adventurous works of the early New Wave, mastered a rich collage-like style in the mid-1960s, completely reexamined the bases of his art in the deconstructive political provocations of the post-1968 period, consolidated his experiments in a series of fresh and assured masterpieces in the 1980s, and embraced video in his vanguard works of the 21st century.

Our series centers on the first phase of Godard’s vast output, which represents one of the most remarkable creative bursts of the past century. Bringing his film critic’s background to a series of exuberant cine-centric early works, Godard continued evolving in a series of masterpieces that delved deeper and wider into political, social, and philosophical concerns, until the apocalyptic scorn of WEEKEND and the self-confessed paralysis of his FAR FROM VIETNAM episode brought him to a crisis point of collapse and reinvention. We conclude the series with two of the later films, EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF and HAIL MARY, that show Godard reconnecting with his earlier concerns, but in a radically redefined way.

— Martin Rubin


Supported by the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France and the Institut français. Special thanks to Amélie Garin-Davet of Cultural Services of the French Embassy, New York; Denis Quenelle and Laurence Geannopulos of the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France, Chicago; Eric Di Bernardo of Rialto Pictures; Brian Belovarac and Laura Coxson of Janus Films; Jake Perlin of The Film Desk; Tim Lanza of Cohen Film Group; Livia Bloom of Icarus Films; and Sarah Wexler of Entertainment One Films.

SATURDAY DOUBLE-BILL DISCOUNT!
Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first “Godard: The First Wave” film on any Saturday in January or February, and get a ticket for the second “Godard: The First Wave” film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only.) Discount available in person at the box office only.
 

TRY-ANOTHER-GODARD DISCOUNT!
Buy a ticket for any screening of GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE 3D, and get a ticket for any single film in the “Godard: The First Wave” series at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the selected “Godard: The First Wave” film only.) Discount available in person at the box office only.

PREVIOUSLY

ALPHAVILLE

1965, Jean-Luc Godard, France, 99 min.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Feb 7th 3:00pm
  • Wed, Feb 11th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Feb 14th 4:45pm

TWO OR THREE THINGS I KNOW ABOUT HER

(2 OU 3 CHOSES QUE JE SAIS D'ELLE)

1966, Jean-Luc Godard, France, 85 min. With Marina Vlady, Anny Duperey

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Feb 14th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Feb 16th 6:00pm

FAR FROM VIETNAM

(LOIN DU VIETNAM)

1967, Various directors, France, 115 min.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Feb 21st 5:00pm
  • Mon, Feb 23rd 6:00pm

WEEKEND

1967, Jean-Luc Godard, France, 105 min. With Mireille Darc, Jean Yanne

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Feb 21st 3:00pm
  • Wed, Feb 25th 6:00pm

HAIL MARY

(JE VOUS SALUE, MARIE)

1985, Jean-Luc Godard, France, 82 min. With Myriem Roussel, Thierry Rode

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Feb 28th 4:45pm
  • Wed, Mar 4th 6:00pm

EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF

(SAUVE QUI PEUT [LA VIE])

(SAUVE QUI PEUT [LA VIE])

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Feb 28th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Mar 2nd 6:00pm

LES CARABINIERS

(THE RIFLEMEN)

1963, Jean-Luc Godard, France, 80 min.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Jan 31st 5:00pm
  • Tue, Feb 3rd 6:00pm

MASCULINE FEMININE

(MASCULIN FÉMININ)

1966, Jean-Luc Godard, France, 103 min.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Jan 31st 3:00pm
  • Thu, Feb 5th 6:00pm

MADE IN U.S.A.

1966, Jean-Luc Godard, France, 85 min.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Feb 7th 5:15pm
  • Mon, Feb 9th 6:00pm