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Director Jean-Luc Godard dies  Famous People

Director Jean-Luc Godard dies Famous People

Famous PeopleFrench-Swiss director Jean-Luc Godard has died at the age of 91. His family announced this on Tuesday. Godard is seen as one of the most important names in “mysterious talk”.

The director is known for films such as À bout de souffle (1960), Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux (1962), Le mépris (1963) and Pierrot le fou (1965). In 2011, he won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Academy Awards. He also has several Cesars on the mantelpiece.

Jean-Luc Godard is one of the founders of the “mysterious New Wave” (New Wave), the movement that radically created cinema in the early 1960s. His 1960 film Apnea became a landmark. Godard broke all conventions with his influence on American gangster films, his rough editing and low budget work.

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Filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese praise the late director and think it’s hard to overstate his impact on the world of cinema. As French President Emmanuel Macron saw in Godard a great way out: “We are losing a national treasure, the vision of a genius.”

Godard was the son of a Swiss doctor in Paris. While studying ethnology in Paris, he met later film directors François Truffaut, Jacques Rivette and Eric Romer. Little study came of it, Godard focused entirely on the art of cinema.

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Godard has directed dozens of feature films, shorts and documentaries. He achieved his greatest success as a junior director in the 1960s. He has worked with stars such as Brigitte Bardot, Jane Fonda and Yves Montand. He was also married for six years to Anna Karina, an actress who starred in several of his films.

After becoming interested in Maoism under the influence of the student uprising in Paris (1968), he created political films that were hard to come by in the 1970s. Godard founded the film group Dsiga Vertov with his fellow Marxist-Leninists to produce more political films. His films later became more autobiographical and accessible, but he always continued to experiment. A famous quote from him is: “The film should have a beginning, middle, and end, but not necessarily in that order.” Godard’s last film, Le Livre d’image, was released in 2018.

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