Is something of a hatchet job, portraying the younger Godard as a petty, vindictive and self-serving narcissist
was devastated by its poor reception, and turned inward to begin a radical reassessment.
He was 37, and had recently married Anne Wiazemsky, a beautiful actress 17 years his junior. But he now felt his career was at a crossroads, and he found himself confronted by the terror of irrelevance. A brilliant self-publicist, Godard had never been short of witty aphorisms: “Photography is truth”, he said, but “every edit is a lie”; cinema was “the most beautiful fraud in the world”, and “all you need for a movie is a gun and a girl”.
His sayings were clever, brimming with paradox, but made him easy to caricature, as he would discover when the student riots began. Godard, living in Paris, was thrilled by the anarchic energy of the uprising, and began filming and taking part in the protests, and turning up at chaotic meetings to trade Marxist dialectic with the student leaders. But in his desire to be radical, he went to ludicrous extremes, and he was rightly pilloried when he stood up