French-Swiss director Jean-Luc Godard – a key figure New waveA filmmaking movement that revolutionized cinema in the late 1950s and ’60s – has died at the age of 91, French media have reported.
French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted a tribute to the director on Tuesday, writing that the country had lost a “national treasure”.
“It was like an appearance in French cinema,” Macron tweeted. “Then he became one of its masters. Jean-Luc Godard, the most famous of the New Wave directors, invented a decidedly modern, radical free art. We are losing a national treasure, a genius perspective.
Born on December 3, 1930 in Paris, France to a doctor and the daughter of a Swiss investment bank founder, Goddard came from a wealthy family. According to Reuters.
His journey into filmmaking began in 1954 with the short film “Operation Béton” (“Operation Concrete”) while studying ethnography at the University of Paris.
Godard’s first film in 1960, “À bout de souffle” (“Breathless”) became synonymous with his style.
In the years that followed, his films revolved around complex issues of impermanence, contempt and caprice.
Among her notable later works are her “Trilogy of Truth,” consisting of three films that explore femininity, nature, and religion — 1982’s “Passion,” the following year’s “Prenom Carmen” (“First Name: Carmen”) and “Je Vous Salue, Marie.” ” (“Hail Mary”) in 1985.
Danish-French actress Anna Karina, who starred in several productions and was briefly married to the director, said that working with Goddard often meant they didn’t have a script and had to learn the dialogue just before filming.
Like his imagery, Godard had a unique, rebellious touch. at 2018 Cannes Film FestivalHe appeared at the press conference via video chat instead of physically attending.
During his long career, he was awarded an honorary César Award in 1987 and 1998, and received an honorary Academy Award in 2010.
Many people from the film industry are paying tributes on social media.
In a tweet, actor Antonio Banderas thanked Godard for “expanding the boundaries of cinema”.
Edgar Wright, the director known for “Baby Driver” and “Hot Fuss,” called him “one of the most influential, iconoclastic filmmakers of all.”
Wright tweeted: “It was ironic that he himself respected the Hollywood studio way of filmmaking, and perhaps no other director was inspired to pick up a camera and shoot.”
French newspaper Liberation first reported Godard’s death.