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Cover image: Camera in hand, filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard films a demonstration in Paris on May 6, 1968. AFP

  • Jean-Luc Godard, the most illustrious of Franco-Swiss artists, died on Tuesday September 13, learned The world of his entourage, confirming information from Release.
  • Born December 3, 1930 in Paris, artist with a romantic temperament, inventor of beauty like no other, genius for provocation and enraged self-destructor, giver as well as taker of blows, filmmaker alternately adored and hated, Jean-Luc Godard carries with him more than one hundred films in almost sixty years of career.
  • His first feature film, Breathless (1960), the inaugural film of the New Wave, looks like a thunderclap. Immediate public and critical success, shock and aesthetic influence for many future filmmakers, this title is ranked in the short list of films that have changed the history of cinema.
  • Jean-Luc Godard took part in May 68, filming the events, and demanded, along with other filmmakers, that the Cannes Film Festival be stopped, “in solidarity with the students”.
  • Claiming, beyond the poetry of reality, a political cinema, Jean-Luc Godard, marked on the left, evokes in particular the war in Algeria in The Little Soldierreleased in 1963, during which he met Anna Karina, muse and ephemeral wife, who electrifies several of his films with her presence: A woman is a woman, Live your life, Keeping to himself, Alphaville (Golden Bear in Berlin in 1965), Pierrot le fou and Made in USA.
  • We also owe him Contempt, in 1963, with Brigitte Bardot and Michel Piccoli, a reflection on creation with the filmmaker Fritz Lang in his own role. The road movie Pierrot le fou (1965), with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina, crowns his artistic journey, which also draws from literature, from Rimbaud to Céline, from painting and musical art.

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