Cinema Professor curates Jean-Luc Godard retrospective at BFI Southbank

Professor of Cinema, Michael Witt, has launched a three-month retrospective of the films and videos of iconic filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard at the high profile British Film Institute on London’s South Bank.

Posted: 5 January 2016

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Professor Michael Witt
The season, which runs until 16 March, will be a complete retrospective of Jean-Luc Godard’s approximately 160 audio-visual works and has been curated by Professor Witt and Dr Michael Temple from Birkbeck College. During the season, Professor Witt will host an event in conversation with film theorist and filmmaker Professor Laura Mulvey on Wednesday 6 January as well as introducing a number of screenings and delivering a lecture on Wednesday 2 March. In addition he is also organising a day of related screenings and discussions in collaboration with Dr Temple at the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image.

Guest visitors of the retrospective will include Anna Karina, who starred in many of Godard's most celebrated films of the 1960s.

Staff in the Department of Media, Culture and Language at Roehampton have extensive expertise in the work of Jean-Luc Godard. In addition to Professor Witt’s involvement, Dr William Brown, who has directed a feature-length film on Godard, will participate in philosophical discussions of two of Godard's films, including Le Mépris (1963) on Tuesday 12 January and Dr Chris Darke, who is the author of a book on the film in question, will introduce Godard's dystopian sci-fi film noir Alphaville (1965) on Wednesday 13 January.

Professor Witt is the author of an award-winning 2013 book of Godard as a cinema historian, and has co-edited two further books on the director. At Roehampton, he teaches on both the BA and MA film programmes, and is the Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures (CRFAC).

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