Cinema: A Great Bad Director

Masculine Feminine. Here's that man again. Jean-Luc Godard is his name, and for the past seven years he has been spewing out a veritable Seine of cinema. Though mercifully divided into 80-minute stretches and released as eleven separate features (among them Breathless, My Life To Live, Alphaville) Godard's work is intended as a single film. It is his Comedie Humaine, an intricate, enormous, tricky-trashy yet heart-stabbingly poetic attempt to cinemulate Balzac's masterpiece.

Godard's latest installment, subtitled The Children of Marx and Coca-Cola, is a cubistic jigsaw-puzzle picture of the go-go generation. In his...

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