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.

Click on the images below to view all typographic stills (and some videos) from the individual films: opening titles, intertitles and end (“Fin”) titles.


1960

À bout de souffle

Breathless

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

1961

Une femme est une femme

A Woman Is a Woman

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

The typography of Jean-Luc Godard: Vivre sa vie / My Life to Live (1962)
1962

Vivre sa vie

My Life to Live

Directed by: 
Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: 
Anna Karina, Sady Rebbot, André Labarthe, Guylaine Schlumberger, Gérard Hoffman
Country: 
France

The typography of Jean-Luc Godard: Les carabiniers (1963)
1963

Les carabiniers

Directed by: 
Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: 
Marino Masé, Patrice Moullet, Geneviève Galéa, Catherine Ribeiro, Barbet Schroeder
Country: 
France, Italy

The typography of Jean-Luc Godard: Le mépris / Contempt (1963)
1963

Le mépris

Contempt

Directed by: 
Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: 
Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance, Giorgia Moll, Fritz Lang
Country: 
France, Italy
 
 
Title design: 
Jean-Luc Godard

The typography of Jean-Luc Godard: Bande à part / Band of Outsiders (1964)
1964

Bande à part

Band of outsiders

Directed by: 
Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: 
Anna Karina, Danièle Girard, Louisa Colpeyn, Sami Frey, Claude Brasseur
Country: 
France
 
 
Title design: 
Jean-Luc Godard

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, László Szabó, Ernest Menzer, 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

The typography of Jean-Luc Godard: La chinoise (1967)

La chinoise (1967)

Directed by: 
Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: 
Anne Wiazemsky, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Juliet Berto, Michel Semeniako, Lex De Bruijn
Country: 
France
Country: 
France

Week end (1967) Jean-Luc Godard - typography

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