Fantastic facts about the father of modern cinema, Jean Luc-Godard

Jean-Luc Godard passed away on September 13, 2022

Stars Insider

22/09/22 | StarsInsider


Swiss-French film director Jean-Luc Godard, face of the French New Wave, is inarguably one of the most important filmmakers to ever live, and arguably the most important. Throughout his career, which started in the late 1950s and spanned decades, rarely faltering in significance, the auteur threw away the rulebook of classical filmmaking and gave birth to modern cinema as we know it today. Along with other members of the French New Wave, Godard taught filmmakers how to experiment, how to become revolutionaries of the artform. Before Godard, films were generally made to imitate life as closely as possible, with the goal of audiences forgetting they were watching a film. After Godard, the filmmaking itself became the attraction.

At every turn, Godard wished to remind his viewers that they were watching a film, and that the calculated distance filmmaking creates with reality was in itself the source of film's artistic value. It is hard to think of an individual as central and as respected in the history of movie-making as Godard.

Jean-Luc Godard died peacefully in his home on September 13, 2022. In honor of his contributions to the world of film, let's look back on the fascinating life and times of this brilliant auteur.

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