"[Gaga Stigmata has] very modern, edgy photography to free flowing, urban narratives without censure to analytical essays, et cetera—like Gaga, imagination without ... limits. And the beauty is that anyone can submit work to the site, so artists and writers from all over the [world] have joined this experiment." -The Declaration.org

"Since March 2010, [Gaga Stigmata] has churned out the most intense ongoing critical conversation on [Lady Gaga]."
-Yale's The American Scholar

Friday, February 4, 2011

French New Wave Cinema & Lady Gaga

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.


  1. I think this video is really great. The juxtaposition of these scenes shows a lot of similar techniques really well - the tracking shots, unexpected angles and the manipulation of time.

    Cleo from 5 to 7 seems like a particularly good choice, not just because Cleo is also a pop singer - the gaze is important in both and the use of mirrors is one way it is confused.

  2. Interesting montage, but the juxtapositions a little too literal.


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