I’m still neck-deep in the work, and will be for the foreseeable future, so any posts I make are probably going to be pretty slight. For example, here’s an interview from 1966 with Chantal Goya, young singer and one of the stars of Godard’s Masculin-Feminin.
I post it because there’s something charming about the sixties interview style, with questions like, “Chantal Goya, you sing and act. Is there anything you haven’t yet done that you’d really like to do?” You know…hard-hitting questions.
If you haven’t seen Masculin-Feminin, I suggest you go out and rent it. Don’t take this interview as a suggestion that it’s anything like the film. While the film uses a group of young people (a teenage revolutionary, a burgeoning ye-ye singer—Goya, etc) and dances lightly across the screen, the film is full of Godard’s typical cynicism and sarcasm.
In an interview, Godard was asked why he chose Goya, who the interviewer referred to as “beautiful”. Godard said that had nothing to do with it. For him, her face was “empty” and she completely exemplified “the Pepsi Generation”. Ouch!
(Originally posted at the Contemporary Nomad)