AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Godard's Theorem
1. Histoire(s) du cinema: A History
2. The Prior and Parallel Work
3. Models and Guides
4. The Rise and Fall of the Cinematograph
5. Cinema, Nationhood, and the New Wave
6. Making Images in the Age of Spectacle
7. The Metamorphoses
EnvoiWorks by Godard
Provides a guide to the wide-ranging cinematic, aesthetic, and cultural forces that shaped Godard's groundbreaking ideas on the history of cinema.
Michael Witt is Professor of Cinema and Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures at University of Roehampton in London. He is co-editor of several books on French film including Jean-Luc Godard: Documents, The French Cinema Book, and For Ever Godard.
"Michael Witt has given us a clear, exhilarating, inspiring presentation of Godard's tour de force, Histoire(s) du cinema, bringing the director's entire body of work into focus in the process. Beautifully written, his study succeeds brilliantly in making Godard's most difficult films and videos comprehensible, tracing their genealogies within the director's career and his points of reference. This is essential reading about digital media's potential to "write history", raising wonderful questions about a committed personal approach to "cinema history"." - Janet Bergstrom, Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, UCLA