Jean-Luc Godard  

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Jean-Luc Godard (born 3 December, 1930 in Paris) is a French filmmaker and one of the most influential members of the Nouvelle Vague, or "French New Wave". Guy Debord dismissed him as an "offspring of Mao and Coca Cola". His best-known film is À bout de souffle.



Born to Franco-Swiss parents in Paris, he was educated in Nyon, Switzerland, later studying at the Lycée Rohmer, and the Sorbonne back to Paris. During his time at the Sorbonne, he became involved with the young group of filmmakers and film theorists that gave birth to the New Wave.

New Wave

Known for stylistic implementations that challenged, at their focus, the conventions of Hollywood cinema, he became universally recognized as the most audacious and radical of the New Wave filmmakers. He adopted a position in filmmaking that was unambiguously political. His work reflected a fervent knowledge of film history, a comprehensive understanding of existential and Marxist philosophy, and a scholarly disposition that placed him as the lone filmmaker among the public intellectuals of the Rive Gauche.

Directing Filmography

Early Works

French New Wave (1959 – 1967)

Feature Films

Short Films

  • 1961 "La Paresse" (Sloth)
from Les Sept péchés capitaux (The Seven Deadly Sins)
  • 1962 "Il Nuovo mondo" (The New World)
from RoGoPaG
  • 1963 "Le Grand escroc" (The Big Swindler)
from Les plus belles escroqueries du monde (The World's Most Beautiful Swindlers)
from Paris vu par... (Paris as Seen by...) — a.k.a. Six in Paris
  • 1967 "Anticipation, ou: l'amour en l'an 2000" (Anticipation: or Love in the Year 2000)
from Le Plus vieux métier du monde (The World's Oldest Profession)
  • 1967 "Caméra-oeil" (Camera-Eye)
from Loin du Vietnam (Far from Vietnam)
  • 1967 "L'amore (Andate e ritorno dei figli prodighi)" (Love: Departure and Return of the Prodigal Children)
from Amore e rabbia (Love and Anger)

Dziga Vertov Group/Political Films (1968 – 1972)

incorporated into One P.M. (One Parallel Movie/One Pennebaker Movie) by D. A. Pennebaker in 1971
incorporated into Ici et ailleurs (Here and Elsewhere) by Godard & Anne-Marie Miéville in 1974

Transitional Period (SonImage) (1974-1978)

Second Wave (1979-1988)

Feature Films

Short Films/Videos

from Le Changement a plus d'un titre (Change Has More Than One Title)
from Aria
from Les Français vus par... (The French as Seen by...)

1989 – Present: All Works

Film Segments

Year Film Segment Involvement
1990 Comment vont les enfants (a.k.a. How Are The Kids?) L'enfance de l'art (a.k.a. The Infancy of Art) Director
1991 Contre l'oubli (a.k.a. Lest We Forget) Pour Thomas Wainggai (a.k.a. For Thomas Wainggai) Director
2002 Ten Minutes Older: The Cello Dans le noir du temps (a.k.a. In The Blackness of Time) Director

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