JLG Forever

By Chris Darke, 10 April 2001

For most of Summer 2001 the life, career and astonishing achievements of Jean-Luc Godard will take over London. A complete retrospective runs at the NFT throughout June and July and an international conference, ‘Forever Godard’, takes place at Tate Modern on 21-24 June. After all, there’s a lot of catching up to do. Time to glory in his days as nouvelle vague enfant terrible, take it to the barricades with the extreme Leftism of the late-60s/early 70s and settle down to what followed. Godard’s work in video has been going on since the 1970s and he’s a true pioneer – Dogme’s grandad in many ways. But the later video work, including the magisterial essay-collage-encyclopedia of Histoires du cinema, is breathtaking.

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