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Pioneer of French New Wave cinema Jean-Luc Godard dies at 91

He is most known for films like Breathless, A Woman is a Woman, My Life to Live, The Little Soldier, and First Name: Carmen

Published: 13th September 2022

Legendary filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard dies at 91. The French-Swiss director rose to prominence in the 50s and 60s for his experimental style of filmmaking. Often credited as the father of French new-wave cinema, Godard still revered traditional Hollywood films. 

Starting his career as a film critic, Godard experimented with short films in the 50s before breaking into feature films in the 60s. He is most known for films like Breathless, A Woman is a Woman, My Life to Live, The Little Soldier, and First Name: Carmen. With a filmography spanning decades, the director has garnered a number of prestigious awards.

He won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival for his 1983 film First Name: Carmen and a Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for his 1965 Sci-Fi Noir film Alphaville. In 2010, Jean Luc-Godard was awarded an honorary award by the Academy Awards but he did not show up at the ceremony to receive the awards.

He was known for his evocative narrative style that revolutionised the way story structure was conceived for films. Godard was outspoken about his political beliefs and philosophical understandings. He expressed Marxist ideals and existentialist philosophy through his films. His Marxist beliefs were evident in films like La Chinoise, Pierrot, Une femme mariée, and Week End. An inspiration for several generations of filmmakers, Jean-Luc Godard has left a rich legacy that will continue to be an unavoidable part of film history.

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