Jean-Luc Godard's Hail Mary: Women and the Sacred in Film

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9780809318247: Jean-Luc Godard's Hail Mary: Women and the Sacred in Film

Maryel Locke and Charles Warren present twelve original essays by film critics, filmmakers, theologians, and philosophers that examine the 1985 film Hail Mary, directed by Jean-Luc Godard, and its companion film, The Book of Mary, directed by Anne-Marie Miéville. (The films are collectively released under the title Hail Mary.) The interpretative essays offer a rich spectrum of analysis and opinion representing many divergent points of view about critical theory, the status of women, and the value of film as a medium. Locke and Warren also include two important interviews with Godard, brief biographies and complete filmographies of Godard and Miéville, a short breakdown of the two films including the English subtitles, and the script of the French dialogue to complete a remarkably comprehensive treatment of this important film.

The only film based on the biblical story of the Virgin Mary, Godard’s Hail Mary is a contemporary Swiss/French representation of Mary’s virgin pregnancy, the birth of her son, and her relationship with Joseph and her young child. Miéville’s companion film is about a young girl named Mary whose parents get a divorce. While neither film is overtly religious, the initial release of Hail Mary brought public protests, court cases, a physical attack on Godard, and condemnation by the Pope.

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About the Author:

Maryel Locke is a lawyer, a writer, an editor, and a dedicated student of film.

Charles Warren is a lecturer in English at Tufts University and the author of T. S. Eliot on Shakespeare.

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"Godard, one of the most important filmmakers in the history of film, has received very little critical attention of late. A serious study of Godard’s recent work is due. This volume is exactly the book that is needed. It keeps faith with Godard’s past work, examines his recent work, and discusses the controversial aspects of that recent work in specific, historically informed, intellectually rigorous terms."          Marian Keane, University of Colorado at Boulder



"This is a splendid book. To my delight and surprise, it is far richer and more complex than its title would suggest. I had anticipated a book that might contribute to an understanding of the one film Hail Mary in an elaborate way, and with luck more generally to Godard studies. Instead, what you have here is a book that accomplishes these tasks but much more as well. Almost every page of the essay section of the book has something fundamental to say about film, about the attachments and detachments of cinema in general and Godard’s movies in particular. The book has important things to say about gender, sexuality, and sensibility." Helene Keyssar, University of California, San Diego

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