Derrida and Notre Musique

by criticalhit009

Shot. Counter-shot.

Jean-Luc Godard’s Notre Musique is another film essay, this time expounding upon the notion of Derrida’s Différance, that we can only understand through comparison. Meaning is not intrinsic, but rather we know what something is by what it is not. Godard takes this notion and forms its through the lens of film. Film and its cuts, are like this too, Godard posits, extrapolating meaning from the shot/reverse shot compilations of Native Americans and other subjects. “All cuts are lies”, Godard proclaims, and in editing, it is these lies that form together to present truth.