Jean-Luc Godard appreciation: ‘I want to know the future. Don’t you?’

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Chicago Tribune

“At the cinema, we do not think, we are thought,” wrote the 19-year-old critic and future filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard in 1950. This is how strongly Godard responded to the screen, his future canvas. And our eternal wonder. Like Picasso, Samuel Beckett and Jean-Paul Sartre, the French-Swiss provocateur who died Tuesday at 91 made people see and experience the familiar, the death-haunted and the stubbornly life-affirming in a new way, whether they wanted the new way or not. Consider the “jump cut,” the sudden visual transition, like an eye-blink, popularized — immortalized, really — by Godard’s 19…

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