Assistive Technologies

Godard in the 60s


Throughout the 1960s, cinephiles eagerly awaited the latest film—or two—by Jean-Luc Godard.

A former film critic and founding father of the French New Wave, JLG redefined the grammar of cinema with his innovative use of jump cuts, asynchronous soundtracks, cinema as essay, cinema as collage, self-referential cinema, and cinema of anarchy. Through JLG's movies, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, and Anna Karina became New Wave icons, and the on-location shoots are a time capsule of Paris and environs. In this class, we'll revisit some of the seminal works of this era, including Godard's groundbreaking debut film, Breathless.


Nathan Blake is a Teaching Professor for the Program in Media & Screen Studies at Northeastern University. Blake’s research addresses the intersections of image and information systems in medicine and warfare. His work explores the representations and discourses of masculinity, disability, and the technologically-altered body. He has written on boxing films; disabled veterans and athletic competition; the mechanical prostheses of French physiologist Jules Amar, as well as the motion studies of Frank and Lillian Gilbreth; the “aesthetics of dismemberment” in Dada and Surrealist montage; combat video games such as America’s Army, KumaWar, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2; and contemporary therapy systems for PTSD and amputee rehabilitation.