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Film is 24 francs per second? Godard cops a plea

jean luc666.jpgAFP reports that Jean-Luc Godard had producing in his instincts early on, >resorting to crime. “French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard has confessed that he stole money to finance his films in an interview with a German newspaper.. “”I had no choice. Or at least it seemed that way to me. I even stole money from my family to give to Rivette for his first film. I pinched money to be able to see films and to make films,” he told Die Zeit weekly… Godard, 76, is due to receive a lifetime achievement award from the European Film Academy in Berlin on Saturday… He told Die Zeit he had little time for most contemporary filmmakers… “Most directors, and three-quarters of the people who will receive prizes in Berlin, only pick up the camera to feel alive. They do not use it to see things that you cannot see without a camera.”

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