Movies Abroad: Larcenous Talent

Jean-Luc Godard once stole his grandfather's collection of first editions of French Poet Paul Valery, and, by way of an educated fence, converted them into movie tickets. When he was ostensibly studying ethnology at the Sorbonne, he used his tuition money to preserve his status as one of Paris' foremost moviegoers, and never went to class at all. At this point, hearing the story, moralists feel that Godard should have come to a bad end—and in a sense he has. He grew up to be a motion picture director.

But he grew into...

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