Godard revolutionised popular cinema with his 1960 debut, Breathless, and stood for years as one of the world’s most provocative filmmakers.Film director Jean-Luc Godard, the godfather of France’s New Wave cinema, has died aged 91, multiple French media outlets reported on Tuesday.
Godard was among the world’s most acclaimed directors, known for such classics as Breathless and Contempt, which pushed cinematic boundaries and inspired iconoclastic directors decades after his 1960s heyday.
His movies broke with the established conventions of French cinema in 1960 and helped kick-start a new way of filmmaking, complete with handheld camera work, jump cuts and existential dialogue.
French President Emmanuel Macron hailed the director’s talent and mourned the loss of a “national treasure”.”Jean-Luc Godard, the most iconoclastic filmmaker of the New Wave, invented a resolutely modern, intensely free art. We have lost a national treasure, a genius,” Macron tweeted.
Ce fut comme une apparition dans le cinéma français. Puis il en devint un maître. Jean-Luc Godard, le plus iconoclaste des cinéastes de la Nouvelle Vague, avait inventé un art résolument moderne, intensément libre. Nous perdons un trésor national, un regard de génie. pic.twitter.com/bQneeqp8on
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) September 13, 2022
Godard made a string of films, often politically charged and experimental, which pleased few outside a small circle of fans and frustrated many critics through their purported overblown intellectualism.
“It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to,” he once said.
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