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Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “Photography is truth.”

Photography is truth.

— Jean-Luc Godard



Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch.”

He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “Art is not a reflection of reality, it is the reality of a reflection.”

Art is not a reflection of reality, it is the reality of a reflection.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”

It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.”

Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second.”

Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “Sometime reality is too complex. Stories give it form.”

Sometime reality is too complex. Stories give it form.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “To be or not to be. That’s not really a question.”

To be or not to be. That’s not really a question.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.”

A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “People like to say, ‘What do you mean exactly?’ I would answer, ‘I mean, but not exactly.’”

People like to say, ‘What do you mean exactly?’ I would answer, ‘I mean, but not exactly.’

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “Film is like a personal diary, a notebook or a monologue by someone who tries to justify himself before a camera.”

Film is like a personal diary, a notebook or a monologue by someone who tries to justify himself before a camera.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “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.”

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.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “I don’t know if I am free because I am happy or happy because I am free.”

I don’t know if I am free because I am happy or happy because I am free.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life.”

The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “Film begins with DW Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami.”

Film begins with DW Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “Suddenly, I don’t know what to say. It happens often to me. I know what I want to say, I think about whether it is what I mean, but when the moment comes to speak, I can’t say it. – Nana Kleinfrankenheim, Vivre Sa Vie.”

Suddenly, I don’t know what to say. It happens often to me. I know what I want to say, I think about whether it is what I mean, but when the moment comes to speak, I can’t say it. – Nana Kleinfrankenheim, Vivre Sa Vie.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “I pity the French Cinema because it has no money. I pity the American Cinema because it has no ideas.”

I pity the French Cinema because it has no money. I pity the American Cinema because it has no ideas.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “There is no such thing as intellectual property.”

There is no such thing as intellectual property.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “Sometimes reality is too complex for oral communication. But legend embodies it in a form which enables it to spread all over the world.”

Sometimes reality is too complex for oral communication. But legend embodies it in a form which enables it to spread all over the world.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “There is no point in having sharp images when you’ve fuzzy ideas.”

There is no point in having sharp images when you’ve fuzzy ideas.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “Europe has memories, America has t-shirts.”

Europe has memories, America has t-shirts.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “I don’t think you should feel about a film. You should feel about a woman, not a movie. You can’t kiss a movie.”

I don’t think you should feel about a film. You should feel about a woman, not a movie. You can’t kiss a movie.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “Objects exist and if one pays more attention to them than to people, it is precisely because they exist more than the people. Dead objects are still alive. Living people are often already dead.”

Objects exist and if one pays more attention to them than to people, it is precisely because they exist more than the people. Dead objects are still alive. Living people are often already dead.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “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.”

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.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “The cinema substitutes for our gaze a world more in harmony with our desires.”

The cinema substitutes for our gaze a world more in harmony with our desires.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “First there was Greek civilization. Then there was the Renaissance. Now we’re entering the Age of the Ass.”

First there was Greek civilization. Then there was the Renaissance. Now we’re entering the Age of the Ass.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “This is not a just image, this is just an image.”

This is not a just image, this is just an image.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “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.”

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.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “To be only spectacular should be 5 or 10 percent of cinema.”

To be only spectacular should be 5 or 10 percent of cinema.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “Killing a man in defense of an idea is not defending an idea; it is killing a man.”

Killing a man in defense of an idea is not defending an idea; it is killing a man.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “People come to Cannes just to advertise their films, not with a particular message. But the advantage is that if you go to the festival, you get so much press coverage in three days that it advertises the film for the rest of the year.”

People come to Cannes just to advertise their films, not with a particular message. But the advantage is that if you go to the festival, you get so much press coverage in three days that it advertises the film for the rest of the year.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “If you want to make a documentary you should automatically go to the fiction, and if you want to nourish your fiction you have to come back to reality.”

If you want to make a documentary you should automatically go to the fiction, and if you want to nourish your fiction you have to come back to reality.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “Once we know the number one, we believe that we know the number two, because one plus one equals two. We forget that first we must know the meaning of plus.”

Once we know the number one, we believe that we know the number two, because one plus one equals two. We forget that first we must know the meaning of plus.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “The invention of photography. For whom? Against whom?”

The invention of photography. For whom? Against whom?

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “Movies are a world of Fragments.”

Movies are a world of Fragments.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “One of the most striking signs of the decay of art is when we see its separate forms jumbled together.”

One of the most striking signs of the decay of art is when we see its separate forms jumbled together.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “To be immortal and then die.”

To be immortal and then die.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “We once believed we were auteurs but we weren’t. We had no idea, really. Film is over. It’s sad nobody is really exploring it. But what to do? And anyway, with mobile phones and everything, everyone is now an auteur.”

We once believed we were auteurs but we weren’t. We had no idea, really. Film is over. It’s sad nobody is really exploring it. But what to do? And anyway, with mobile phones and everything, everyone is now an auteur.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “Reportage is interesting only when placed in a fictional context, but fiction is interesting only if it is validated by a documentary context.”

Reportage is interesting only when placed in a fictional context, but fiction is interesting only if it is validated by a documentary context.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “A critic is a soldier that fires on his own men.”

A critic is a soldier that fires on his own men.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “My aesthetic is that of the sniper on the roof.”

My aesthetic is that of the sniper on the roof.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “If direction is a look, montage is a heartbeat. To foresee is the characteristic of both; but what one seeks to foresee in space, the other seeks in time.”

If direction is a look, montage is a heartbeat. To foresee is the characteristic of both; but what one seeks to foresee in space, the other seeks in time.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “Why all these signs around us that make me doubt language and submerge me in meanings, drowning reality instead of extracting it from the imaginary?”

Why all these signs around us that make me doubt language and submerge me in meanings, drowning reality instead of extracting it from the imaginary?

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “The world isn’t a sad place, it’s just big.”

The world isn’t a sad place, it’s just big.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “When you go to the cinema you look up, when you watch television you look down.”

When you go to the cinema you look up, when you watch television you look down.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun.”

All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “To live in society today is like living in one enormous comic-strip.”

To live in society today is like living in one enormous comic-strip.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “Poetry is a game of loser-take-all.”

Poetry is a game of loser-take-all.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “Photography could have been invented in color. Colors existed.”

Photography could have been invented in color. Colors existed.

— Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard Quote: “Truth is in all things, even partly, in error.”

Truth is in all things, even partly, in error.

— Jean-Luc Godard

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