Jean-Luc Godard, born on3 December 1930, was a French-Swiss film director, screenwriter, and film critic.
He rose to prominence as a pioneer of the 1960s French New Wave film movement and was arguably the most influential French filmmaker of the post-war era.
According to AllMovie, his work “revolutionized the motion picture form” through its experimentation with narrative, continuity, sound, and camerawork.
During his early career as a film critic for the influential magazine Cahiers du Cinéma, Godard criticized mainstream French cinema’s “Tradition of Quality”, which emphasized established convention over innovation and experimentation.
In response, he and like-minded critics began to make their own films, challenging the conventions of traditional Hollywood in addition to French cinema.
Godard first received global acclaim for his 1960 feature Breathless, helping to establish the New Wave movement.
His work makes use of frequent homages and references to film history, and often expressed his political views; he was an avid reader of existential and Marxist philosophy.
Since the New Wave, his politics have been much less radical and his recent films are about representation and human conflict from a humanist, and a Marxist perspective.
In a 2002 Sight & Sound poll, Godard ranked third in the critics’ top ten directors of all time (which was put together by assembling the directors of the individual films for which the critics voted).
He is said to have “created one of the largest bodies of critical analysis of any filmmaker since the mid-twentieth century.”
He and his work have been central to narrative theory and have “challenged both commercial narrative cinema norms and film criticism’s vocabulary.”
In 2010, Godard was awarded an Academy Honorary Award, but did not attend the award ceremony.He has been married twice, to actresses Anna Karina and Anne Wiazemsky, both of whom starred in several of his films.
Jean-Luc Godard Partner: Who is Anne-Marie Miéville?
Godard was married twice, to two of his leading women: Anna Karina (1961–1965) and Anne Wiazemsky (1967–1979).
Beginning in 1970, he collaborated personally and professionally with Anne-Marie Miéville.
Jean-Luc Godard has been in a relationship with Anne-Marie Mieville since 1970.
Godard lived with Miéville in the municipality of Rolle since 1978, being described by his former wife Karina as a “recluse”.
Anne-Marie Miéville , born 11 November 1945, is a Swiss video and filmmaker whom Sight & Sound has called a “hugely important multimedia artist.”
Miéville was a practising photographer when she met Jean-Luc Godard, who would become her companion, in Paris in 1970.
From 1973 until 1994, she collaborated with Godard as a photographer, scriptwriter, film editor, and co-director, assuming the role of artistic director on some of their projects.
In 1983, she realized her first short film How can I love; her second, The Book of Mary (Le livre de Marie), followed one year later. The Book of Mary is featured in the DVD release of Godard’s Hail Mary (1985).