Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard is dead

Mr. Godard had recourse to medical assistance in dying, following multiple disabling pathologiesconfirmed a counselor of his family.

No official ceremony will take place, they added. Mr. Godard, who had lived in Rolle, on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland since 1977, was also fleeing honors.

It was like an appearance in French cinema. Then he became a master. […] We are losing a national treasure, a look of genius. »

A quote from Emmanuel Macron, President of France

President Macron praised on Twitter the inventor ofa resolutely modern art, intensely free.

The French Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malak, also paid tribute to the filmmaker who burned all the codes of cinema, sweeping the world with a wave of audacity, freedom and irreverence.

And Godard created the Contempt and it was out of breath that he joined the firmament of the last great star creators… »

A quote from Brigitte Bardot, French actress

The director of the Cannes Film Festival, Thierry Frémaux, said to himself sad, sad. Immenselyon the announcement of Mr. Godard’s death.

According to former Cannes Film Festival president Gilles Jacob, Jean-Luc Godard is the Picasso of cinema. With his intuitions and his flashes. Ahead of his time, he played with words, images and colors. He improvised milestone films, obscure and seductive. World cinema is an orphan.

Director Jean-Luc Godard at the Cannes Film Festival in 1982.

Photo: Associated Press / Jean-Jacques Levy

A page in the history of cinema is turning… Thank you, Jean-Luc, for the beautiful memories you left us. Know that I will always be proud to have New wave in my filmography. »

A quote from Alain Delon, Franco-Swiss actor

The Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques, for its part, declared thata great man of cinema has passed away, all our thoughts are with his loved ones. Jean-Luc Godard leaves behind him a hundred films, including almost as many masterpieces in his 60-year career. But according to his words, he “didn’t make films, he made films”.

The Cinémathèque suisse wrote on Twitter that one of the most iconic directors leaves a prolific body of work that will have had a lasting impact on the 7th art and the history of our institution.

Godard leaves. Number one icon. For who experienced the first screening of Breathless, memory of the explosion in the world of cinema. Unique filmography, divided into two erassaid journalist and writer Philippe Labro.

Godard is the greatest filmmaker in the world, did not hesitate to say François Truffaut. He is not the only one to film how he breathes, but he is the one who breathes the bestsaid of him this other monument of cinema who died in 1984.

Jean-Luc Godard had a major influence on the world of cinema, like the American director Quentin Tarantino, who named his production company Keeping to himselfin homage to the film of the same name by Godard released in 1964.

Franco-Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard has died. A key figure in the New Wave, Jean-Luc Godard died on Tuesday at the age of 91. We talk about it with the cinema columnist, Michel Coulombe.

A life focused on cinema

JLG, as he was nicknamed, was born in Paris on December 3, 1930. He grew up in Nyon, Switzerland. He studied ethnology at the Sorbonne, where he was increasingly attracted by the cultural milieu that was flourishing at the time in the film club of the Latin Quarter, after the Second World War

Mr. Godard began his career as a film critic in the 1950s, before moving on to directing in 1959 with the most emblematic film of the New Wave, Breathlessreleased in 1960, in which played Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg.

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Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg in a scene from the feature film Breathlessby Jean-Luc Godard, in 1960

Photo: The Acacias

He will go down as one of the most influential directors on both sides of the Atlantic. His death closes a chapter in the history of cinema. And like the Young Turks who are François Truffaut, Jacques Rivette and Éric Rohmer, Mr. Godard is a prominent figure in the 7th art.

Breathless met with great success and is considered his masterpiece. There he developed a new film grammarand blew a wind of freedom that reflected the upheavals of an entire era.

Jean-Luc Godard participated in May-68, whose events he filmed, and even demanded that the Cannes Film Festival stop, in solidarity with students. Despite the rain of honors he has garnered over the course of his career, he has won only one prize at Cannes, even though eight of his films have been presented in competition. In 2014, his film Farewell to language was awarded the jury prize. And in 2018, he received a special Palme d’Or for The picture bookand all of his work.

During his rich career, JLG was awarded in particular in Berlin, where he won the Golden Bear for Alphaville in 1965, and in Venice for The Chinese in 1967.

In 1987, he was awarded a César d’honneur for his entire career; then a second exceptional honorary César for his work in 1998. In the United States, he received an honorary Oscar for his entire career in 2010.

Notable movies

Throughout his career, Jean-Luc Godard has claimed a political cinema that goes beyond the poetry of reality. Marked on the left, he evoked the Algerian war in The Little Soldierwhich opened in 1963.

It was during this shoot that he met Anna Karina, who was his muse and his wife, and who participated in several of his films, including A woman is a woman, Live your life, Keeping to himself, Alphaville, Pierrot le fou and Made in USA.

Jean-Luc Godard (right) and Anna Karina (left) during a press conference.

Jean-Luc Godard with actress Anna Karina, during a presentation at the Venice International Film Festival in 1965.

Photo: Associated Press/Mario Torrisi

Both controversial and in a tireless quest for new artistic expressions, such as video, Jean-Luc Godard also remains the creator of Contemptwhich is a reflection on creation with filmmaker Fritz Lang, who played his own role.

Provocative, Godard was also an unclassifiable figure for the left. In 1968, he also launched into militant cinema. He made leaflet films and denied his past production. He also wanted make political cinema politicallywhich led him to abandon the notion of authorship.

He also took the pro-Palestinian side and was sometimes accused of anti-Semitism. With his last wife, director Anne-Marie Miéville, he directed Here and elsewherea film in which he compared Jews to Nazis, which sparked a scandal.

He was famous for his aphorisms and witticisms, and during his lifetime he had suggested his own epitaph: Jean-Luc Godard, on the contrary.

Jean-Luc Godard has directed around a hundred films, including:

  • Breathless (1960)
  • A woman is a woman (1961)
  • Live your life (1962)
  • Contempt (1963)
  • Alphaville (1965)
  • Pierrot le fou (1965)
  • Made in USA (1966)
  • The Chinese (1967)
  • Save who can (life) (1979)
  • Passion (1982)
  • Name Carmen (1983)
  • I salute you marie (1985)
  • Detective (1985)
  • take care of your right (1987)
  • New wave (1990)
  • alas for me (1993)
  • praise of love (2001)
  • Our music (2004)
  • Movie Socialism (2010)
  • Farewell to language (2014)

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