Saturday 28 April 2018

CINEMA REBORN - DW Griffith via Jean- Luc Godard leads to WOMAN ON THE RUN (Norman Foster, USA, 1950)

I thought it was Jean-Luc Godard who asked what do filmgoer's want? and answered "A girl and a gun." But I stand corrected. Here is the definitive explanation from a website named  the Cine Tourist.  

All over the internet and in scholarly works, the phrase 'all you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun' is  attributed to Jean-Luc Godard, and that despite his insistence that 'c'est Griffith qui a dit ça, ce n'est pas moi' ('it was Griffith who said that, not me').

Godard seems to have first attributed the phrase to Griffith in 1964, in the trade-press spread announcing his forthcoming film Bande à part:
'What do filmgoers want?' Griffith asked. 'A girl and a gun'. 
It's to meet their wishes that I have made, and that Columbia 
will distribute, Bande à part, a sure-fire story that will 
sell a lot of tickets.

Now you all know.

CINEMA REBORN’S girl and a gun can be found in 
Norman Foster’s Woman on the Run  Click on the link to go 
to the Cinema Reborn website for the program notes by Eddie 

Restored by the Film Noir Foundation with financial support 
from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

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