Jean-Luc Godard, the French director symbol of the Nouvelle Vague, has died

He was 91 years old. The first success in '61 with 'Until the last breath', a kind of manifesto of the new French cinema. He became a point of reference for young directors, revolutionizing the way of making films together with Truffaut or Chabrol.

 SCREENING OF THE MOVIE NOTRE MUSIQUE Jean-Luc Godard, the French director was 91 years old

You say New wave and think of Jean-Luc Godard, the great French director who died at 91. He was considered one of the most important directors of the second half of the 20th century, the news of his death was first given by Liberation , the historic newspaper of the left of the other side of the Alps.

FRIENDS' GROUP - A well-rounded film man: director, of course, but also screenwriter, editor and film critic. Together with François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol or Eríc Rohmer, he gave life to the movement that would revolutionize cinema between the 50s and 60s: a group of friends with a deep knowledge of the subject, with hundreds of films seen and studied, articles, debates. To tell the truth, it was the first to give the name to the movement of young directors French weekly L’Express in an article published in October 1957. The term was then taken up the following year for the wave of films presented at the Cannes Film Festival. Of all this, Godard was among the absolute protagonists, starting with the short film Charlotte and son Jules with Jean Paul Belmondo and Une histoire d'eau, co-directed with Truffaut, both in 1958. And then with Fine all'last breath (the film that made him known worldwide in '61), The little soldier , Contempt, forename Carmen .

PARISIAN - 'A total director with a thousand lives and such a prolific work, 'he wrote Liberation , remembering it. Godard was born in Paris in 1930, he had not shown himself in public for years, he did not attend the premieres and press conferences of his films, even his presence is rare when he was awarded a prize. A long career, his, which has seen alternating masterpieces recognized as such and misunderstood, difficult, divisive films. 'Philosopher, scientist, preacher, educator, journalist, but all this as an amateur, he is the last (to date) to have been the witness (consistent in his testimony) and the (moral) conscience of what happens in cinema' , still Liberation . In 2011 he was awarded the Oscar for his career; in 2018 the last film directed, The picture book , for which he was awarded the Palme d'Or for Lifetime Achievement. Godard leaves an indelible mark on cinema, but without concessions to the easy and popular.

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