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TOKYO

Cinema celebrates famed French film director Godard

by Mayumi Koyama

Toho Cimena Chanter celebrates famed film director Jean-Luc Godard during a three-week-long film festival starting Nov. 27.

The trend in cinema these days has been to figure out how best to use 3-D technology to boost ticket sales, but critics worry this will lead to less emphasis on artistic content.

The Godard Film Festival 2010 may be a good opportunity to see if these worries have any merit.

The event will celebrate the French auteur’s Governors Award presented to him by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at a ceremony on Nov. 13.

Godard is often considered one of the most radical of the 1960s New Wave filmmakers. His approach toward film conventions, politics and philosophies has made him one of the most influential directors of French cinema, inspiring many others, from Martin Scorsese to Quentin Tarantino.

Godard is known for inventing the jump cut, a style of film editing in which two sequential shots of the same subject are taken from camera positions that only vary slightly.

His cinematic debut, “Breathless” (1960), will be included among eight of his works that will be screened at the festival. Godard’s latest film, this year’s “Film Socialisme,” will be released in Japan next month. Before going to see it, the Godard film festival is a good way to brush up on the legend’s past hits.

The Godard Film Festival will be held at Toho Cinema Chanter in Yurakucho, Tokyo, from Nov. 27 to Dec. 17. Tickets cost ¥1,500 for each film. For details, call (03) 3545-3411 or visit www.bowjapan.com/godard2010/