To me watching the films of Jean-Luc Godard is like watching a white Rauschenberg painting or listing to John Cage’s “4:33″: it isn’t something I do for entertainment. They’re historically significant because he broke all the rules in the book, but I just don’t enjoy watching them. Since I only add titles from films I’ve seen myself there weren’t many Godard films present in the Movie title stills collection.
On december 3rd, Atelier Carvalho Bernau released a free typeface to celebrate Godard’s 80th birthday. The typeface was inspired by the title sequences of Godard’s ‘Made in U.S.A’ (1966) and ’2 ou 3 choses que je sais d’elle’ (1967). When I started googling I found surprisingly few stills or videos from Godard’s films, that’s why I decided to add the most interesting ones to the Movie title stills collection.
I’ve located almost all films from the earlier part of Godard’s career and took all stills containing typography: titles from the opening title sequences, intertitles and end (“Fin”) titles. Like silent films Godard used lots of intertitles, which make his films much more typographic than other films from the ’60s and 70′s.
It’s quite interesting to see the designs evolve. In this digital age it’s refreshing to see type that isn’t made on a computer: the imperfect and handmade look of the letterforms, the bad kerning, the large gaps between letters and words, the justified blocks of text, the awkwardly dotted capital I’s. Even when he used an existing typeface – like Antique Olive in ‘Week end’ (1967) – the letterforms look as if they were cut out with an Exacto knife.
Sauve qui peut (la vie) (1980) is the last film featuring custom typefaces. In his later films Godard used existing typefaces like Futura, Univers, Helvetica and Garamond.

Related: Steve Heller just wrote about this very blogpost: the Daily Heller
Click on the images below to view all typographic stills (and some videos) from the individual films: opening titles, intertitles and end (“Fin”) titles.

À bout de souffle / Breathless (1960)

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Jean-Pierre Melville
Country: France



Une femme est une femme (1961)

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Jean-Claude Brialy, Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo
Country: France



Vivre sa vie (1962)

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Anna Karina, Sady Rebbot, André S. Labarthe
Country: France



Les carabiniers (1963)

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Marino Masé, Patrice Moullet, Geneviève Galéa
Country: France



Le mépris / Contempt (1963)

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance
Country: France



Bande à part / Band of outsiders (1964)

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Anna Karina, Danièle Girard, Louisa Colpeyn
Country: France



Une femme mariée (1964)

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Bernard Noël, Macha Méril, Philippe Leroy
Country: France



Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (1965)

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff
Country: France



Pierrot le fou (1965)

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina
Country: France



Masculin féminin: 15 faits précis (1966)

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Chantal Goya, Marlène Jobert
Country: France



Made in U.S.A (1966)

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Anna Karina, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Marianne Faithfull
Country: France



2 ou 3 choses que je sais d’elle / 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967)

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Joseph Gehrard, Marina Vlady, Anny Duperey
Country: France



La chinoise (1967)

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Anne Wiazemsky, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Juliet Berto
Country: France



Week end (1967)

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Mireille Darc, Jean Yanne, Jean-Pierre Kalfon
Country: France



Tout va bien / Everything’s all right (1972)

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Yves Montand, Jane Fonda
Country: France



Sauve qui peut (la vie) (1980)

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Jacques Dutronc, Nathalie Baye
Country: France



4 responses to “The typography of Jean-Luc Godard”

we find wildness Posted on December 17, 2010 at 6:11 pm

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4 responses to “The typography of Jean-Luc Godard”

mighty Posted on July 25, 2011 at 1:01 pm

merci.

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ch.Rindler Posted on July 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Splendid post, merci!

4 responses to “The typography of Jean-Luc Godard”

Tabris Chen Posted on May 17, 2012 at 3:15 pm

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