The director died at the age of 92 Jean-Luc Godard“the godfather of the French New Wave”, as the newspaper called him Libération. French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: “He appeared as an apparition in a French film, then became its master. He was the most iconoclastic of the New Wave creators, inventing boldly modern, intensely free art. We have lost a national treasure, the eye of a genius.”
An actor Antonio Banderas wrote: “Thank you, Monsieur Godard, for expanding the boundaries of cinema.”
The director’s family announced today that he “died peacefully at home. There will be no formal funeral service. He will be cremated.”
Poster for the movie Until the Last Breath. Photo Wikipedia
The French-Swiss artist was one of the most respected directors of all time, and his films are considered classics Until the Last Breath, Contempt, Alphaville, Nori Pierrot, A Woman is a Woman, Hymn of Love, Live Your Life, The Chinese Girl, Little Soldier, Our Music.
In his films, he moved away from conventional cinematography and with experimental approaches, especially a special editing technique, and increasingly political films in the 1960s, significantly contributed to the rise of the French new film wave.
In recent years, his career has experienced a revival with films such as The film of socialism (2010) and Adieu au langage (2014), where he experimented with digital technology, writes the web portal The Guardian.
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 François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol and Jacques Rivette he started writing for new film magazines, including Bazin’s magazine Cahiers du Cinema.
Jean-Paul Belmondo is rarely without a cigarette in Godard’s film Until the Last Breath. PHOTO: Promo Material
He started with short films, among them Charlotte et Veronique, ou Tous les garcons s’appellent Patrick. It is his first feature film Until his last breath from 1960. It was filmed on the streets of Paris in 1959. After its premiere, the film became a real cultural phenomenon, which by Jean-Paul Belmond made him a star, and Godard won the award for best director at the Berlin Film Festival.
When he presented his debut Until his last breath, wrote Denis Valič in Del, a spontaneous, exciting, shocking original work, a sparkling dedication to American b-movies, and almost the entire film world was already talking about it. Soon, already in the mid-sixties, when he recorded some of his seminal works, Godard was no longer only the most controversial French director, but also one of the world’s most influential film auteurs. Consistent with his principles, Godard continued to explore the medium, thus entering his political-didactic phase at the end of the 1960s, when he made “revolutionary films for a revolutionary audience”.
In the 1960s, he made a series of groundbreaking films with lightning speed. His movie Le petit soldier which implied that the French government condoned torture, was banned until 1963. At the same time, it was the film in which Godard met his future wife Anna Karina, also coined his most famous aphorism “A movie is a truth repeated 24 times a second.” Among the highlights were two more A woman is a womana self-titled homage to the Hollywood musical, re-starring Anna Karina alongside Belmond, an extravagant, epic movie about filmmaking Just mepris with Michel Piccoli, Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance and Fritz Lang and Alphavillea bizarre hybrid of film noir and science fiction.
In 1965, Godard’s marriage to Anna Karina ended in divorce, their last feature together was Made in USA During this time, Godard was already strongly connected with the revolutionary politics of the time, which was reflected in his filmmaking. He founded a film collective named after Dzigi Vertovthe Soviet auteur of the film The man with the cameraand collaborated with, among other things, a young Marxist student Jean-Pierre Gorin at the movie Tout va biena study of the sausage factory strike in which he appears Jane Fonda.
Godard met the filmmaker in 1970 Anne-Marie Mievillewho became his constant collaborator and after the breakup of his second marriage with Anne Wiazemsky also a partner. In the 1970s, Godard’s harsh political and intellectual views began to lose ground, and his work lost influence in the 1980s, he writes The Guardian.
In 2001, he made a comeback with the film Eloge de l’amour, which was entered into 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, because the New York Times published an article about his alleged anti-Semitism at the time. His movie Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) won the 2014 Cannes Jury Prize, Film Le livre d’image (Book of Pictures), which was included in the Cannes Film Festival in 2018, received a special Palme d’Or.