Jean-Luc Godard, French film director, dies at 91

The Director Jean-Luc Godardthe “terrible child” english new wave cinema and that revolutionized popular cinema in the 1960s, has died, according to French media. He was 91 years old.

Several French media confirmed that they had learned of his death from his relatives on Tuesday.

Godard defied convention during a long career started in the 1950s as a film critic. He rewrote the rules for cameras, sound and storytelling and was for years one of the most visceral and provocative directors.

His films launched to stardom John Paul Belmondoand his controversial Christmas play I greet you Mari (I salute you, Maria in Spanish) made headlines when it was criticized by Pope John Paul II in 1985.

But Godard also made films, often experimental and politically charged.that few outside a small circle of fans liked and that many critics were frustrated by what was perceived as exaggerated intellectualism.

Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he was “sad, sad, immensely” at the news of Godard’s death.

Born into a wealthy Franco-Swiss family on December 3, 1930, grew up in Nyon, Switzerland, studied ethnology at the Sorbonnein the French capital, where he felt increasingly attracted to the cultural scene that flourished in the “film club” of the Latin Quarter after the Second World War.


He made friends with future great filmmakers Francois Truffaut, Jacques Rivette and Eric Rohmer and in 1950 he founded the fleeting cinema gazette. By 1952 she had begun writing for the prestigious film magazine Film notebooks.

After working as a laborer on a dam project in Switzerland, he used the salary to finance his first finished film, Operation ‘Concrete’, a 20-minute documentary about the construction of the dam.

Upon his return to Paris, he worked as a spokesman for an artists’ agency and finished his first feature film in 1957, Charlotte and VĂ©ronique, or All the boys are named Patrickpremiered in 1959.

He also started working on Panting (At the end of the escape in Spanish), based on a story by Truffaut. It was his first big hit, released in March 1960.

What the 400 strokes (the 400 blows) by Truffaut, Godard’s film marked the new style of French cinematographic aesthetics. Godard rejected the conventional style of narration and instead used frequent cuts that alternated philosophical discussions with action scenes.

He combined it with references to Hollywood mobster movies and nods to literature and the visual arts.

Godard married in 1961 the Danish-born model and actress Anna Karinawhich appeared in a series of films by the director during the rest of the decade, all considered as milestones of the Nouvelle Vague. stand out Live your life (Live your life), Alfaville Y Pierrot the fou (Pierrot the mad), also starring Belmondo and which according to rumors was shot without a script.

The director, who over time earned a reputation for his strong leftist political convictions, showed his sympathies for various forms of socialism in films shot between the early 1970s and early 1990s. In December 2007 he was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Film Academy.

Godard criticized Hollywood on many occasions over the years. In November 2010 she stayed at her home in Switzerland instead of traveling to Hollywood to receive an honorary Oscar in a private ceremony.