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Jean-Luc Godard

  1. Roger Vadim, Into The Night, 1984.   Loudmouth director John Landis had his fetishes. Certain phrases (“See you next Wedneday” - it’s from 2001) and cameo roles for director buddies. (Remember Spielberg at the very end of The Bluse Brothers?)  Now he had invited M Nouvelle Vague, himself, to join the latest party.  “Everything was fine,” recalled Landis in 2015.  “Then two weeks before we started, he called to say he couldn’t come - he had to make a film.” Said Landis: “How do you say ‘Fuck you!’ in  French?” He already had cameos for Jack Arnold, Paul Bartel, David Cronenberg, Jonathan Demme, Richard Franklin, Amy Heckerling, Jim Henson, Colin Higgins, Lawrence Kasdan, Jonathan Lynn, Paul Mazursky, Daniel Petrie, Don Siegel… and himself. But he  insisted on one more - and French. But who? That’s when  someone said Roger Vadim was living in Santa Monica. “He agreed and he was great, a very good actor.” Landis remembers it well. Of course, he does.  After the dizzy heights of An American Werewolf In London, Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Trading Places, etc., this was his first flop. 
  2. François Berléand, Romance, France, 1999.    Auteur Catherine Breillat wanted to make it more “trash.”  Except this  was against her nature  - which was to make a non-porn porno, an épure, a scant sketch,  a cold film, by no means meant to cause erections. And she  wanted Godard along for the ride - as the S&M lover of young Caroline Ducey. But Godard had always said that sex was unfilmable, which is why Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg only sat on  their bed in Àbout de souffle all those nouvelle vague years ago.


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