|Picard and Godard: Jean-Luc-alikes?|
|Written by Ivan Radford|
|Thursday, 21 July 2011 08:08|
Last week, a good friend of mine (@alexrclements), nervous about being in a room full of film buffs, worried that he couldn't answer questions on Jean Luc-Godard, but was confident he could talk about Jean-Luc Picard for hours.
Seeking to redress the balance of knowledge about these two frequently mixed up men (yeah, I made that part up), I promptly stole his comment and made a flimsy blog post out of it:
Can you tell your Jean-Luc-alikes apart? Here are some basic facts you can use to spot the difference when a Jean-Luc comes up in conversation:
1. Jean-Luc Godard made À bout de Souffle. Once. In 1960.
Jean-Luc Picard made it so. On a weekly basis. For seven years.
2. Jean-Luc Godard has declared that the auteur is dead and film is over. He argues that everyone is now an auteur - all we have to do is pick up a camera or a mobile phone.
Jean-Luc Picard has declared The Borg dead on several occasions. No matter what anyone does, there will only ever be one Jean-Luc Picard. Apart from the version of him The Borg assimilated. And that clone played by Tom Hardy.
3. Jean-Luc Picard can captain a spaceship.
Jean-Luc Godard cannot captain a spaceship. He has probably declared space travel dead on several occasions.
4. Jean-Luc Godard headed up the French New Wave. He has influenced filmmakers from Tarantino and John Woo to Fassbinder and Soderbergh.
Jean-Luc Picard headed up The Next Generation. He has inspired a countless number of geeks to shave their heads and drink Earl Grey tea.
5. Jean-Luc Godard was the contemporary of François Truffaut and André Bazin.
Jean-Luc Picard was the contemporary of a robot called Data. And Worf, an alien with a Walnut Whip for a head.
6. Jean-Luc Godard is not William Shatner. Sadly.
Jean-Luc Picard is also not William Shatner. Sadly.
(If you can think of other ways to tell Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Luc Picard apart - preferably better ways than the rubbish ones above - then add them below. Or shout them @iFlicks.)