Godard's Type


Christian Annyas, the online curator of all things typographic in cinema, “The Movie Still Collection,”  is publishing a series of blog posts about the typography of French director Jean-Luc Godard, who recently turned 80. “I’m not a fan of his movies. They’re historically significant because he broke all the rules in the book, but I just don’t enjoy watching them,” explains Annyas.

“What I do like though, is the typography he used in the title sequences and intertitles of his movies. I found a few videos that are hardly watchable and some still, but not enough to get insight in the evolution of Godard’s typography.” After some serious downloading Annyas now has all typography-containing stills from 16 of his films (300+ images). And what he plans to do is publish 16 individual blogposts containing one single film and and an article to accompany each: watch here.

In the meantime, here is a sample from Annyas as a holiday offering (merci beaucoups!):

À bout de souffle (1960) / Une femme est une femme (1961) / Vivre sa vie (1962) / Les carabiniers (1963) / Le mépris (1963) / Alphaville (1965) / Pierrot le fou (1965) / Made in U.S.A (1966) / 2 ou 3 choses que je sais d’elle (1967) / Week end (1967) / Tout va bien (1972) / Sauve qui peut (la vie) (1980)

Also, In honor of Godard’s birthday,  Atelier Carvalho Bernau released a typeface (bottom top) inspired by some of his title sequences, here.


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