Color By Numbers: Jean-Luc Godard
The French New Wave master has a knack for vibrant, contrasting colors.
Jean-Luc Godard is still making films well into his 80's—but he's best known for his landmark works from the French New Wave, such as 1961's A Woman Is A Woman, 1963's Contempt, and 1967's Week End. He's an outspoken, blustery director who always gives bombastic quotes to the press—but his major films are iconic, thanks in large part to his collaboration with cinematographer Raoul Coutard. In this video essay, we explore the color palette in Godard's major films from his New Wave period, but also through to his most recent film, the 3-D experimental essay Goodbye To Language.