Ludovico Monaci

Vivre sa vie and Bande à part: Two Proustian Islands in Godard’s Cinema

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This contribution investigates the influence exerted by À la recherche du temps perdu on Jean-Luc Godard’s works. Benjamin’s definition of constellation will show the link between Godardian recollection of filmic images in Histoire(s) du cinéma and proustian reminiscence. Then, based on the fact that Albertine is often evoked in Godard’s writings, the study will focus on an episode taken from À l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs in which the narrator quotes two expressions uttered by Albertine and the petite bande and coinciding with two film titles: Vivre sa vie and Bande à part. The aim of this article is to demonstrate that Godard makes films about Recherche even if he had never been involved in Nicole Stéphane’s project


  • Marcel Proust
  • Jean-Luc Godard
  • Image
  • Montage
  • Constellation
  • Quotation


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