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Jean-Luc Godard

Born: December 3, 1930, Paris - France

Jean-Luc Godard is a French-Swiss film director, screenwriter and film critic.

He rose to prominence as a pioneer of the 1960s French New Wave film movement.

Like his New Wave contemporaries, Godard criticized mainstream French cinema's “Tradition of Quality”, which “emphasized craft over innovation, privileged established directors over new directors, and preferred the great works of the past to experimentation.” As a result of such argument, he and like-minded critics started to make their own films.

Many of Godard's films challenge the conventions of traditional Hollywood in addition to French cinema. In 1964, Godard described his and his colleagues' impact: “We barged into the cinema like cavemen into the Versailles of Louis XV.”

He is often considered the most radical French filmmaker of the 1960s and 1970s; his approach in film conventions, politics and philosophies made him arguably the most influential director of the French New Wave.

Along with showing knowledge of film history through homages and references, several of his films expressed his political views; he was an avid reader of existential and Marxist philosophy.

Since the New Wave, his politics have been much less radical and his recent films are about representation and human conflict from a humanist, and a Marxist perspective.

In a 2002 Sight & Sound poll, Godard ranked third in the critics' top-ten directors of all time (which was put together by assembling the directors of the individual films for which the critics voted).

He is said to have “created one of the largest bodies of critical analysis of any filmmaker since the mid-twentieth century.”

He and his work have been central to narrative theory and have “challenged both commercial narrative cinema norms and film criticism's vocabulary.” In 2010, Godard was awarded an Academy Honorary Award, but did not attend the award ceremony.

Godard's films have inspired many directors including Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Brian De Palma, Steven Soderbergh, D. A. Pennebaker, Robert Altman, Jim Jarmusch, Wong Kar-wai, Wim Wenders, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Pier Paolo Pasolini.

From his father, he is the cousin of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, former President of Peru. He has been married twice, to actresses Anna Karina and Anne Wiazemsky, both of whom starred in several of his films.

His collaborations with Karina—which included such critically acclaimed films as “Bande à part” (1964) and “Pierrot le Fou” (1965)—was called “arguably the most influential body of work in the history of cinema” by Filmmaker magazine.

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Goodbye to Language (2014)

Movie
Drama |
France |
| 70 Min

About a man who’s angry at his wife because she’s met another man on a park bench and they no longer even speak the same language.

59 2014 70
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Two in the Wave (2010)

Documentary
| 91 Min

An in-depth analysis of the relationship between New Wave pioneers François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, as seen through rare archival footage, interviews, and film excerpts — written and narrated by former Cahiers du Cinéma editor Antoine de Baecque.

67 2010 91
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For Ever Mozart (1996)

Movie
France |
| 84 Min

For Ever Mozart is an episodic film that follows a theater troupe from France attempting to put on a play in Sarajevo. Along their journey they are captured and held in a POW camp, and they call for help from their friends and relations in France. Director Jean-Luc Godard presents stories about this troop to ask how one can make art while slaughters like the one in Bosnia are taking place, and he throws in a strong critique of the European Union. For Ever Mozart is one of Godard's most disjointed and difficult films. Its stories sometimes seem to form a whole and at other times the links among them are unclear. One gets the impression that in each episode Godard attempts to start a film only to come to the conclusion that it is impossible to continue. It features some of the most beautiful shots of tanks in the cinema.

66 1996 84
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For Me and My Gal (1993)

Movie
Comedy |
Drama |
France |
| 95 Min

Romance about Simon Donnadieu and his decision to leave his ever-loving wife Rachel.

72 1993 95
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Germany Year 90 Nine Zero (1991)

Movie
France |
| 62 Min

The supremely world-weary Lemmy Caution, last seen in Godard's \Alphaville\ (France/1965), has several strange encounters while trying to make his way from the former East Germany to \the west.\

72 1991 62
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Hail Mary (1985)

Movie
United Kingdom |
France |
| 75 Min

Famed French director Jean-Luc Godard delivers his most controversial drama with this modern retelling of the birth of Christ. In Godard's version, the Virgin Mary is a Swiss gas station employee and Joseph is her taxi-driving boyfriend.

67 1985 75
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Godard's Passion (1982)

Movie
Comedy |
Drama |
France |
| 87 Min

While shooting a film, the director becomes interested in the unfolding struggle of a young factory worker that has been laid off by a boss who did not like her union activities.

62 1982 87
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Tout va bien (1972)

Movie
France |
| 95 Min

Godard examines the structure of movies, relationships and revolutions through the life of a couple in Paris.

67 1972 95
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The Oldest Profession (1967)

Movie
France |
| 119 Min

A collection of sketches on prostitution through the ages. 1) \The Prehistoric Era\: A caveman discovers that a cavewoman is more attractive when cave paint is applied to her face. And she can earn more seashells that way. 2) \Roman Nights\: The Emperor goes out seeking a little nocturnal amusement, only to find that the high-priced, Oriental courtesan he hires is his wife, the Empress. 3) \Mademoiselle Mimi\: In revolutionary France, Mimi finds that her client, the nephew of a marquis, is more interested in watching the guillotinings out her window than he is in going to bed. 4) \The Gay Nineties\: When Nini discovers by accident that her antiquated customer is a banker, she pretends to be an honest woman who has fallen in love with him. She even pays him, just like a gigolo! 5) \Paris Today\: Two girls pick up clients by driving around in a car...

57 1967 119
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2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967)

Movie
France |
| 100 Min

The story of a housewife who must work the streets to earn an extra living - and who becomes the starting point for a larger socio-political essay.

70 1967 100
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Pierrot le Fou (1965)

Movie
France |
Italy |
| 110 Min

Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run.

77 1965 110
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Alphaville (1965)

Movie
Italy |
France |
| 100 Min

An American private-eye, arrives in Alphaville, a futuristic city on another planet which is ruled by an evil scientist named Von Braun, who has outlawed love and self-expression.

72 1965 100
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My Life to Live (1962)

Movie
France |
| 85 Min

Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.

81 1962 85
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Breathless (1960)

Movie
Crime |
Drama |
France |
| 90 Min

A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.

80 1960 90
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Presentation, or Charlotte and Her Steak (1960)

Movie
France |
| 12 Min

Two young people, Walter and Charlotte, are walking through a small village in Switzerland a snowy winter day. Walter introduces Charlotte to Clara, hoping to make Charlotte jealous. After saying good-bye to Clara, Walter accompanies Charlotte into her house, although she doesn't want him to. Charlotte is hungry and cooks a steak. She asks Walter if he wants a piece of it. He says no, but she gives him a small piece anyway. He wants a kiss, and she says no. She starts to compare herself with Clara, who Walter agrees is more beautiful. In spite of this, Walter says he likes Charlotte much more, but she thinks he is lying. She notices that he is cold and shivering. She hugs him, he kisses her, and she starts kissing him. After leaving the house he accompanies her to the train.

66 1960 12
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All the Boys Are Called Patrick (1959)

Movie
France |
| 21 Min

Students Veronique and Charlotte meet the same man separately, who makes a date with each of them separately the next evening. When they both show up, he shows up, too, with a third woman.

72 1959 21



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