Introduction to a True History of Cinema and Television

As Jean-Luc Godard prepares to present his latest film, Adieu au langage, in 3D, in competition at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, caboose announces the publication of his legendary 1978 Montreal lectures, Introduction to a True History of Cinema and Television, fully transcribed and translated into English for the first time. This mammoth 560-page volume includes 82 illustrations by the author and a lengthy essay on the director as film historian by Godard scholar Michael Witt. In the book, Godard sets out a philosophy of the image and outlines a theory and practice of ‘making’ film history through the act of viewing films. The Montreal talks were the forerunner to his video series Histoire(s) du cinéma (1988-1998). While some critics have described the latter as his Finnegans Wake, the True History of Cinema is his Arabian Nights: page-turning true stories of the movies whose idiosyncratic views, leavened with Godard’s famous caustic wit, will delight all readers.

More info about the book on the site of caboose.

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