My Godard


by Alfredo Sgarlato – Thinking about Godard, an image from a film immediately comes to mind: a car, while parking, knocks down a road sign that reads “Karl Marx Strasse”. They asked him if he wanted to allude to the fall of the Soviet empire: no, he replied, if I wanted to, I would have shown the sign standing up. Because this was Godard, contradictory, contrarian, sarcastic, arrogant; as well as one of the greatest directors in history, but we’ll come back to this later. I was a boy when I saw that film, a recent graduate discovering cinema (and the world), and I was learning about it with exhausting night and morning visions. I liked Godard: because he made strange films, out of all formal and narrative rules.