Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard

Actor, Director, Writer, Editor, Producer, Screenplay

BIO

Born in
1930, Jean-Luc Godard became acquainted, while at university, with Claude
Chabrol, Francois Truffaut, Eric Rohmer and Jacques Rivette, forming part of a
group of passionate young film critics writing in Cahiers du Cinéma, and
film-makers devoted to exploring new possibilities in cinema. A bout de
souffle (Breathless) (1959) was his first feature. Made on a shoe-string
budget, it was spontaneous, vibrant and ground breakingly original. From then
until 1967/8 was loosely his first period when he made an astonishing number of
films, sometimes 3 a year. From 68 Godard was very involved in political
film-making, and then made a series of programmes for French TV in the mid and
late 70’s. With Sauve qui peut (la vie)
or Slow Motion, Godard could be said
to start a 3rd period through the 80’s. In the 90’s he started more
formal experimentation, specifically with his long series Histoire(s) du Cinéma. His films
have influenced film-makers as diverse as Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Jim
Jarmusch, Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino and Wong Kar-Wai. His latest
film, Film Socialisme, received its
premiere at the Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard) to great acclaim.
Jean-Luc Godard was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2010.

Birthday

Dec. 3, 1930

Place of birth

Paris, France

Known for

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1 P.M.

Lighter and livelier than the films Jean-Luc Godard had made in France, his U.S. collaboration wi... Read more

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Quod Erat Demonstrandum

A collaborator since 2002 (Notre Musique), Fabrice Aragno did not want to make a documentary ‘on’... Read more

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Histoire(s) du cinéma: All the (Hi)stories

Part 1 of Godard's 8 part examination of the history of the concept of cinema and how it relates ... Read more

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Back to Room 666

What is the future of cinema? In 1982, in Cannes, Wim Wenders invited many movie makers to answer... Read more

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Histoire(s) du cinéma: Deadly Beauty

Part 4 of Godard's 8 part examination of the history of the concept of cinema and how it relates ... Read more

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Histoire(s) du cinéma: A New Wave

Part 6 of Godard's 8 part examination of the history of the concept of cinema and how it relates... Read more

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Histoire(s) du cinéma: The Coin of the Absolute

Part 5 of Godard's 8 part examination of the history of the concept of cinema and how it relates ... Read more

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Histoire(s) du cinéma: The Control of the Universe

Part 7 of Godard's 8 part examination of the history of the concept of cinema and how it relates ... Read more

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Histoire(s) du cinéma: The Signs Among Us

Part 8 of Godard's 8 part examination of the history of the concept of cinema and how it relates ... Read more

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2 x 50 Years of French Cinema

At a lakeside hotel, Michel Piccoli discusses the centennial of cinema with Jean-Luc Godard. Goda... Read more

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Lest We Forget

Contre l'Oubli (Against Oblivion) is a compilation of 30 French filmmakers, Alain Resnais and Jea... Read more

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Un metteur en ordre: Robert Bresson

"Un metteur en ordre: Robert Bresson", a 1966 French TV program about the film "Au Hasard Balthaz... Read more

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7.5

Origins of the 21st Century

Commissioned by the heads of the 2000 Cannes Film Festival to make an opening-night short commemo... Read more

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Two in the Wave

An in-depth analysis of the relationship between New Wave pioneers François Truffaut and Jean-Luc... Read more

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Prayers for Refuseniks

Jean-Luc Godard addresses two filmic letters to young Israeli soldiers who were sentenced after r... Read more

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10

The French as Seen by…

In 1988, the Figaro magazine asked to a few famous directors a series of short movies, to celebra... Read more

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Khan Khanne

A Letter in Motion to Gilles Jacob and Thierry Fremaux. Read more

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Histoire(s) du cinéma: Only Cinema

Part 3 of Godard's 8 part examination of the history of the concept of cinema and how it relates ... Read more

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Scenario du Film 'Passion'

n Scénario du film Passion, Godard constructs a lyrical study of the cinematic and creative proce... Read more

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Histoire(s) du cinéma

Well over a decade in the making, this eight-part, 265-minute video is Jean-Luc Godard's magnum o... Read more

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The Old Place

Essay on the influence of arts at the end of the 20th century produced by the Museum of Modern Art. Read more

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Histoire(s) du cinéma: A Single History

Part 2 of Godard's 8 part examination of the history of the concept of cinema and how it relates ... Read more

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Vrai faux passeport

A dense work, citing everyone from Tarantino and Verhoeven to Artaud and Chaplin, made for Godard... Read more

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Cinématon

Cinématon is a 156-hour long experimental film by French director Gérard Courant. It was the long... Read more

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6.8

The Rolling Stones: Sympathy for the Devil

SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL is an exhilarating, provocative motion picture. The Rolling Stones rehears... Read more

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JLG/JLG: Self-Portrait in December

Director Jean-Luc Godard reflects in this movie about his place in film history, the interaction ... Read more

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Letter to Jane: An Investigation About a Still

The film's subject is a photograph of Jane Fonda visiting Hanoi during the Vietnam War. It asks w... Read more

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Petites notes à propos du film 'Je vous salue, Marie'

Notes on the inception and making of Hail Mary. Read more

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Soft and Hard

Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Mieville talk about their films, while doing everyday tasks around... Read more

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Operation Concrete

Godard returned to Paris briefly before getting a job as a construction worker on a dam project i... Read more

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Marcel Ophuls et Jean-Luc Godard, La rencontre de St-Gervais

In 2009, in a small theater in Geneva, Switzerland, the film directors Marcel Ophuls and Jean-Luc... Read more

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The Kids Play Russian

A famous French filmmaker is hired by a major Hollywood producer to make a documentary on the sta... Read more

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7.5

Here and Elsewhere

Godard, Miéville and Gorin (aka the "Dziga Vertov Group") examine the parallel lives of two famil... Read more

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Meetin' WA

Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television Read more

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Film-Tract n° 1968

In the 1968 movement in Paris, Jean-Luc Godard made a 16mm, 3-minute long film, Film-tract No.196... Read more

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Chambre 12, Hôtel de Suède

Documentary about the making of Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless. Read more

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Reportage amateur Maquette expo

Director Jean-Luc Godard reflects in this movie about his place in film history, the interaction ... Read more

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Jean-Luc Godard, Disorder Exposed

The film retraces Jean-Luc Godard's notorious exhibition at the Centre national d'art et de cultu... Read more

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Message of Greetings: Prix suisse / My Thanks / Dead or Alive

Jean-Luc Godard's acceptance video for the 2015 'Prix d’honneur'. Read more

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La nouvelle vague par elle-même

Made for Cinéastes de notre temps series. In 1964, several French New Wave auteurs discuss the su... Read more

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Lettre à Freddy Buache

Godard has been hired to make a film celebrating the 500th anniversary of Lausanne. This film is ... Read more

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British Sounds

Jean-Luc Godard made the hour-long 1969 experimental documentary British Sounds also known as See... Read more

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Une jeunesse allemande

At the end of the 1960s the post-war generation began to revolt against their parents. This was a... Read more