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Director Jean-Luc Godard dies at 91

French director Jean-Luc Godard has passed away at the age of 91, reports Liberation.

Jean-Luc Godard was a key figure of the French New Wave movement that was born in the 50-60s of the 20th century. Its members rejected the traditional and conventional French cinema (or, as they called it, “cinema de papa”).

Godard’s Breathless is considered one of the most revolutionary movies in cinema’s history. The movie became a sort of manifesto of the French New Wave. The filmmaker did not have a script going into the filming — he just had notes describing the scenes, which led to a lot of improvisation from the actors. The tracking shots were filmed by the operator from a wheelchair that Godard was pushing. The use of a lightweight handheld camera was later repeated in a lot of movies, not only by New Wave directors.

Breathless was a revelation for the French audience, used to the “cinema de papa” that was filmed in studios.

After the release of Breathless, French film archivist and cinephile Henri Langlois said that, from then on, there would be cinema "before" and "after Godard".

Godard’s filmography counts 129 projects, including documentaries, short movies, and TV projects. Band of Outsiders, My Life to Live, Alphaville, and Pierrot le Fou are some of his classics from the 60s.

Godard never stopped working. His last movies were Film Socialisme (2010), Goodbye to Language (2014), and The Image Book (2018).

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