Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard

Actor, Director, Writer, Editor, Producer, Screenplay


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.


Dec. 3, 1930

Place of birth

Paris, France