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Jean-Luc Godard


Born - 3 December 1930, Paris, France
Died - 13 September 2022

Short of stature, but tall in intellectual talent, this bespectacled French (a naturalised Swiss citizen since his teenage years) director with wirily dark (receding) hair, was an innovator who rewrote the way in which films could appeal to an audience, an avant-garde 'enfant terrible' whose maverick approach to actors, editing and structure made him, with Francois Truffaut, one of the Godfathers of the Franco-Swiss New Wave of the 1960s and beyond. Beginning as a director of shorts, Godard hit the big time in 1959, by juggling time, space and sequence in his debut feature film Breathless/A Bout de Souffle. Subsequent work includes Le Petit Soldat (1960), Une Femme et une Femme (1961), Vivre Sa Vie (1962), Le Mepris/Contempt (1963), Bande a Part/The Outsiders (1964), Une Femme Mariee (1964), Alphaville (1965), Masculin-Feminin (1966), Two or Three Things I Know About Her (1967) La Chinoise (1967), Week-End (1967) and One Plus One/Sympathy for the Devil (1968), before his popularity began to fade: Jusqu'a la Victoire (1970), Tout Va Bien (1972), Numero Deux (1975), Sauve Qui Peut/Every Man for Himself (1980), Passion (1982), Prenom: Carmen (1983), Detective (1985), King Lear (1987), Le Rapport Darty (1989), Helas Pour Moi (1993), For Ever Mozart (1996), Elege de l'Amour (2000), Notre Musique (2004) and Adieu au Language (2014), his last. His stormy marriages to actresses Anna Karina and Anne Wiazemsky ended in divorce and he eventually married his longtime producer/partner Anne-Marie Mieville, who survives him. Given an honorary Academy Award in 2011, he died in Switzerland by assisted suicide.