Sunday, June 12, 2011

Blackouts and Shout-outs


"Godard says 24 frames a minute, or is it a second? It's a second, isn't it?"



"It's video man. Video is the future."



"Put this on."



Images from The Blackout (Ferrara, 1997), Prénom Carmen (Godard, 1983), Numéro Deux (Godard, 1975), Contempt (Godard, 1963)

4 comments:

Sam Juliano said...

Drew this is an interesting lot, all united by the thematic headliners you attach to these jarring images. CONTEMPT is one Godard film I hold in the highest esteem, and in fact also found NUMERO DEUX most memorable. I have vague recollections of the Ferrara film.

Drew said...

Thanks a lot for the comment, Sam. Also, I've just in the last couple of days finally caught up with your Film Socialisme post over @ WitD and the epic comments section, and I haven't had time to make a post yet, but I'll go do that now. It's been some fascinating reading.

Ed Howard said...

Man do I love that scene in First Name: Carmen. The Tom Waits song, the video static, just gorgeous. Great images, Drew, I especially love the link from that TV screen to the multiple frames-within-the-frame of Numero Deux.

Drew said...

Thanks, Ed. I am of course aware of your love for both First Name: Carmen and the wonderful Ruby's Arms scene it contains. I remember your 'Films I Love' entry on that particular Godard sending me off to watch it, and though I didn't warm to it at first, I now consider it, as you do, one of his most beautiful films.

In any event, I highly recommend the Ferrara if you've not yet seen it. Pretty stunning stuff.