Getting Ready for Godard

In the next week or so, I’ll finish my five-month “study” of William Wyler (with some write-ups still to come), and I’ve decided for my next project to spend the fall and winter with Godard. I’ve seen ten or fifteen of his films over the last decade but I still have no real sense of his evolution as a filmmaker. In my defense, that’s because his films from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s are so damn difficult to see. By my count 21 Godard films are (or will soon be) available on R1 DVD:

  • Breathless (1960)
  • A Woman Is a Woman (1961)
  • My Life to Live (1962)
  • Le Petit Soldat (1960)
  • Les Carabiniers (1963)
  • Contempt (1963)
  • Band of Outsiders (1964)
  • Alphaville (1965)
  • Pierrot le fou (1965) [out of print]
  • Masculine Feminine (1966)
  • Weekend (1967)
  • Sympathy for the Devil (1968)
  • Love and Anger (1969)
  • Tout Va Bien (1972)
  • First Name: Carmen (1983)
  • Hail Mary (1985)
  • Keep Your Right Up! (1987)
  • Aria (1987)
  • For Ever Mozart (1996)
  • In Praise of Love (2001)
  • Notre Musique (2004)

Now I’m looking for help. First, I’ll gladly take any and all reading suggestions. But, more importantly, I’m looking for films. I believe some not listed above are available on R2 DVD but I’m not sure which have English subs (a requirement for me, unfortunately). I don’t mind buying DVDs from overseas.