Jean-Luc Godard is dead. The French director was 91 years old

French director Jean-Luc Godard, godfather of French New Wave cinema, died at the age of 91, the daily Liberation reported, citing the deceased’s relatives.

Jean-Luc Godard – director, screenwriter and film critic – was one of the most recognized directors in the world. His films – such as “Breathless” and “Contempt” – broke with the established conventions of French cinema of the 1960s and helped usher in a new way of making films, including handheld camera work, skipping and existential dialogue.

He was also famous for productions with his then wife Anna Karina: “Live your own life”, “A woman is a woman”, “Alphaville”, “An amateur gang” or “Crazy Peter”. His films have been screened at festivals in Berlin, Venice and Cannes, and he has won two Golden Palms (for “Jean-Luc Godard. Imaginations” and “Farewell to the Language”).

Jean-Luc Godard in the archival phototeam-press X / ullstein bild via Getty Images

His films pushed the boundaries of cinema and inspired directors of successive generations, and Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese are mentioned as directors crossing borders in the spirit of Godard.

“Godard, with his tousled black hair and heavy-rimmed glasses, was a true revolutionist who made filmmakers artists, putting them on a par with masters of painting and literary icons,” wrote Liberation.

Jean-Luc Godard in the archival phototeam-press X / ullstein bild via Getty Images

Jean-Luc Godard was born on December 3, 1930 to a wealthy Franco-Swiss family in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. Together with him, the New Wave (La Nouvelle Vague) was created by, among others, Fran├žois Truffaut and Eric Rohmer, although it was Godard who led the trend. “We owe him a lot. He filled the cinema with poetry and philosophy. His keen eye made us see the unnoticeable,” said former French Culture Minister Jack Lang in a statement quoted by Reuters.

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