Jean-Luc Godard, emblematic director of the New Wave, died at the age of 91

A successful career for this key figure of the New Wave. Filmmaker Franco-Swiss Jean-Luc Godard died at the age of 91, his entourage said on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at Release and confirmed to our colleagues at World . “No official ceremony will take place. Jean-Luc Godard died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loved ones. He will be cremated.” announce his wife Anne-Marie Miéville and his producers in a press release quoted by theAFP.

Contempt, Breathless, Pierrot le fou… So many works that have contributed to its success, in France but also throughout the world. He who had not hidden, in March 2021, that his colleagues from the New Wave missed him, has now left to find his Truffaut, Rohmer, Chabrol or Rivette.

Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to him on Twitter, talking about the “most iconoclastic of New Wave filmmakers”, who knew how to invent “resolutely modern, intensely free art”.

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Almost 70 years of career

Born on December 3, 1930 in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, from the union of Paul Godard and Odile Monod, Jean-Luc Godard spent the beginning of his life in Switzerland, before being educated in France at the time of the German invasion in 1940.

The artist began to take an interest in film clubs and to frequent the French cinematheque after failing his baccalaureate in 1947. It was therefore at the age of 20 that he began his career as a film critic. . In the 1950s, he moved on to filmmaking and in 1959 released his first professional short film, All the boys are called Patrick or Charlotte and Véronique. What propel him to the front of the stage and engage the Godard machine, which will continue to dare and will not hesitate to flout political correctness.

A career with multiple rewards

For having pushed back the limits of narrative and those of aesthetics, his work earned him the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1965 for the film Alphavilleand two Silver Bears, that of the best director in 1960 for Breathless and the Extraordinary Silver Bear for A woman is a womanin 1961. Also on his list of awards: a Golden Lion of Honor at the Venice Film Festival, and the Golden Lion for Best Film for Name Carmen, in 1983. Honorary Cesars were also awarded to him in 1987 and 1998, as well as an Honorary Oscar in 2010 for his entire career. He was also awarded the special Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for The picture book and for his entire career, in 2018.

Funeral “in privacy”

Asked by theAFPthe family’s legal and tax advisor, Patrick Jeanneret, explained that the announcement of his death should have been made in ” two days “ and that the press release must have been written in a hurry following the leak on the death of Jean-Luc Godard in the press. Cremation will take place “in two days, maybe tomorrow again”, he added, stating that “the ashes will remain with his wife”. cremation “must really take place in the intimacy”, he insisted.

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Jean-Luc Godard, emblematic director of the New Wave, died at the age of 91