by Colin James Marshall
Director's statement: This video was made to compare the aesthetics of Lady Gaga's videography with those of French New Wave Cinema. Further, the video opens itself up to a deeper analysis of the French New Wave and its influence on Lady Gaga. From Wikipedia, "the New Wave filmmakers were linked by their self-conscious rejection of classical cinematic form and their spirit of youthful iconoclasm." This self-consciousness and iconoclasm are key elements in both the French New Wave and Lady Gaga. Varda, Truffaut, Resnais, and Godard were all key auteurs in the French New Wave; interspersing their footage with Gaga's music videos yields an obvious shared aesthetic as well as a broader shared approach at their respective art. Both the aforementioned auteurs and Gaga's music/perpetual performance art are self-referential modes to reject convention.
Director's Bio: Colin James "Collie J." Marshall was born in Wisconsin. He lives in Wisconsin. He will probably die in Wisconsin. At least it's not Wyoming.