I don’t believe tens of thousands of American teenaged girls using tumblr actually like the films of Jean-Luc Godard. Rather, I think they just like reblogging photos of Anna Karina’s unremarkable, boring face. And mod clothes from the 1960s. I doubt they’ve even seen a Godard film, and I’d wager that if they did, they would probably hate it. If you scroll through these blogs, you’ll find the usual crap found on every other teenaged girl’s blog: emaciated models, romanticized views of Paris and New York (they are setting themselves up for a colossal disappointment there), photos of people in mod clothes, photos of Vespas, ‘vintage’ everything, etc. And then suddenly photos of Marie-France Pisier from Trans-Europ-Express (possibly because they’ve mistaken her for Karina). I doubt these kids have seen Trans-Europ-Express either.
Also, if you ever come across a user review/comment on the internet that reads something like “…well, this ain’t exactly Jean-Luc Goddard!” (the name is usually misspelled) it’s doubtful that that person has seen a Godard film. People who make comments like this are dilettantes who really don’t know anything about cinema outside if the American studio system and American ‘indie’ system. They’ve heard of the French New Wave here and there on the internet, and need to namedrop a director who will serve as a metonym for ‘artistic’ filmmaking as a whole.
While Kubrick might be the most overrated director whose films people have actually seen, Godard might be the most overrated director whose films people don’t even bother to see. Strange.
I don’t blame them. Godard’s films are irritating, annoying, cloying, narcissistic, and ultimately boring. The fanbase (which I suppose really isn’t a fanbase since few people actually watch the films?) exacerbates this. Cult of personality.
I really hate Jean-Luc Godard. A lot. The end.
Nanayomachi ( Naomi Kawase, 2008)