One of the most famous directors of all time has died

One of the most famous directors of all time has died
One of the most famous directors of all time has died

French-Swiss director Jean-Luc Godard died today at the age of 92. He was a key figure of the French New Wave, which radically changed the art of cinema in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Best known for both his iconoclastic, seemingly improvised shooting style and relentless radicalism, Godard drew attention to himself in the 1960s with a series of increasingly political films. In recent years, his career has experienced a renaissance with films such as Film socialisme (2010) and Adieu au langage (2014), where he experimented with digital technology, writes The Guardian online portal.

He was born in 1930 in Paris. He grew up and went to school in Nyon on Lake Geneva, Switzerland. When he returned to Paris after finishing school in 1949, he frequented the cinema clubs that flourished in the French capital after the war and were the focal point of the French New Wave. After meeting the critic Andrej Bazin and future fellow directors Francois Truffaut, Claude Chabrol and Jacques Rivette began writing for new film magazines, including Bazin’s Cahiers du Cinema.

He started with short films, among them Charlotte and Veronique, ou Tous les garcons s’appellent Patrick. His first feature-length film is Until the Last Breath from 1960. It was shot on the streets of Paris in 1959. After its premiere, the film became a true cultural phenomenon, which by Jean-Paul Belmond made him a star, and Godard won the award for best director at the Berlin Film Festival.


In the 1960s, he made a series of groundbreaking films with lightning speed. His film Le petit soldat, which suggested that the French government condoned torture, was banned until 1963. It was also the film in which Godard met his future wife, Anna Karina, and coined his most famous aphorism “Film is truth at 24 frames per second”. Among the highlights were Une femme est une femme, her own tribute to the Hollywood musical, in which she starred again alongside Belmond Anna Karinathe extravagant, epic movie about filmmaking Le mepris z Michel Piccoli, Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance and Fritz Lang and Alphaville, a bizarre hybrid of film noir and science fiction.

In 1965, Godard’s marriage to Anna Karina Karina ended in divorce, their last feature film together was Made in the U.S.A. By this time, Godard was already strongly associated with the revolutionary politics of the time, which was reflected in his filmmaking. He founded a film collective named after Dzigi Vertovthe Soviet author of the film Man with a Camera, and collaborated with, among others, a young Marxist student Jean-Pierre Gorin at Tout Va Bien, a study of the sausage factory strike in which he appears Jane Fonda.

Jean-Luc Godard | Author: Profimedia


Godard met the filmmaker in 1970 Anne-Marie Mieville, who became his constant collaborator and, after the breakup of his second marriage with Anne Wiazemsky, also his partner. In the 1970s, Godard’s harsh political and intellectual views began to fade, and his work lost influence in the 1980s, writes The Guardian.

In 2001, he returned with the film Eloge de l’amour, which was entered at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2011, he received an honorary Oscar, but it was sent to him by mail, since he did not attend the award ceremony in Hollywood. His film Adieu au langage won the Cannes Jury Prize in 2014, and Le livre d’image, which was entered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018, received a special Palme d’Or.

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