Wayne State College

WSC Hosts Tribute Lecture to Revolutionary Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard

Published Friday, September 16th, 2022

A lecture by Dr. Mike White will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Majestic Theatre in Wayne, Neb., followed by a film screening.

Wayne State College hosts “The Phrasing of Moments: A Lecture on the Life and Works of Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard” at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at the Majestic Theatre. This event is free and open to the public. Students and faculty are invited to a screening of “Breathless (À bout de souffle)” immediately following the lecture presentation.

“The presentation is inspired by the recent death of the revolutionary filmmaker and intense student interest in French New Wave filmmakers,” explains Dr. Michael G. White, WSC associate professor of communication arts.

Godard died Tuesday, September 13 at the age of 91.

White, who presents the lecture, describes Godard as a complex man credited as the father of the French New Wave Film Movement. Through collected interview excerpts and scenes from his seminal works, the lecture touches on Godard’s life, perspectives, processes, and works. Uncaring about awards or box office receipts, Godard is often branded as a difficult and reclusive genius. Others describe him as deeply passionate, fiercely feminist, and a cinematic visionary.

Godard transformed filmmaking in the late 1950s and 60s with his improvisational style and experimentation with narrative, sound, and camerawork. His films often explored the dark topics of disgrace, insecurity, and paradox. He is also infamous for fusing political views into film and his exceptional influence on film critique. Some of Godard’s notable films include “Letter to Jane,” “Breathless,” and “Band of Outsiders.”

White teaches courses in film production, film criticism, and film theory at WSC. He is an award-winning writer, producer, and director of short and feature length films.

For more information contact White at 402-375-7595.