"Just as Finnegans Wake, the art work to which Histoire(s) du cinema seems most comparable, situates itself at some theoretical stage after the end of the English language as we know it, Godard's magnum opus similarly projects itself into the future in order to ask, 'What was cinema?' It is a work constructed in layers, aurally as well as visually - a dimension made especially evident by the dense weave created by the separate channels of the soundtrack ... If you look at the notes and treatments of Histoire(s) du cinema, you can tell that it went all the way from Godard's view of film criticism to something which is perhaps closer to philosophy, or maybe even psychoanalysis."
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