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The great Jean-Luc Godard gives free film masterclass in online live stream


Jean-Luc Godard, widely regarded as one of the greatest film directors of all time, has taken to social media to provide some cinematic insight for those currently quarantined in self-isolation.

Godard, who began life as cinema critic as a prerequisite to the forming of his eventual New Wave ideas, offered his take on the current coronavirus crisis when he said: “The virus is a communication: like what we are doing… of which we are not going to die, but maybe we are not able to live well.”

While Godard’s films have influenced some of the greats such as Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders and more, the French-Swiss film director has never been afraid to show his admiration for some of cinema’s finest work. While reflecting on his style and working methods, the 80-year-old said: “I write by hand if possible. Before, I used a typewriter, but I prefer writing by hand,” Godard is quoted as saying by Swiss newspaper Le Matin.

“Very often, I write in very small letters. Afterwards, I can’t read what I wrote. So I have to write it again. That’s already something.”

In the wide-ranging live stream, Godard also offered some advice to young filmmakers: “During the New Wave, I thought that cinema should be taught at the University. As now it takes a baccalaureate X years for everything, I would rather recommend that they go home and do something else.”

See the full video, below.

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