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FILM 110

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Jean Luc Godard


Jean Luc Godard

Occupation: Screenwriter, Director, Film Critic



Biography: Born in Paris, France on December 3rd, 1930 Jean-Luc Godard is one of the central filmmakers of the French New Wave movement of the 1960s. Like his contemporaries Francois Truffaut and Eric Rohmer, Godard reworked the conventions of Hollywood movies and brought new energy and irreverence to film. His romance-crime movie Breathless (1959) is one of the most influential movies of its era.

Personal life: Godard has been married twice, first to his leading lady Anna Karina from 1961 to 1967, and then to the actress and writer Anne Wiasemsky from 1967 to 1979. He and his partner, the filmmaker Anne-Marie Miéville, have lived together in Rolle, Switzerland since 1977.



 Paris and Film Criticism

-Rather than completing his studies at the Sorbonne, Godard became immersed in the film culture of Paris' Latin Quarter. He spent most of his time attending film screenings with his friends François Truffaut, Jacques Rivette and Eric Rohmer, who would also become important directors. (bio.com)

Godard, Truffaut and their companions began publishing film criticism in such journals as La Gazette du Cinema and Cahiers du Cinema in the early 1950s. As writers and directors, this group would become known as the New Wave (Nouvelle Vague) of French filmmaking. Godard directed two short films, Operation Concrete and A Flirtatious Woman, in the mid-'50s. (bio.com)



Key thematic concerns:

He in his early films focused on film style such as American Noir.  He often made his films about different aspect of film history.  Later on though he switched his ideology and began using unconventional ideas in his films.  He favored jump cuts and quick camera movement in his films.  


Key aesthetic concerns:



Godard’s Key Films:



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