"Hold Back" + "Effortless" Ciné
“Cinema changed him and he changed cinema,” Agnès Varda, the great
French photographer and film director, says of
cultural confrère, French-Swiss
director/screenwriter/critic, Jean-Luc Godard. Brussels
JLG’s short “Une femme coquette” is filmed in
with credits to Hans Lucas (a nom de guerre the
ground-breaking iconoclast used also for writings
in ‘Cahier du Cinéma’).
It’s rarely exhibited and seen until its recent
sharing online with the world by Australian
cinéaste and critic Dave Hesler. (Gracias,
Nina, for flagging the original now available in
full via YouTube @
This early (1955) creation of Godard, as excerpted here, finds its images meeting new sound – from Canadian musician Allison Crowe. “Hold Back” is recorded by Crowe herself at home in
, NL. The
ciné song’s lyricism reveals “an heart of
mystery and some fears faced”.
“Effortless” is recorded by Ryan Adams in a log-home of Crowe’s friends on Salt Spring Island, BC. “Trying not to try so hard” is the puzzle.