Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard

Highest Rated: 100% Every Man for Himself (Sauve qui peut (la vie)) (1980)

Lowest Rated: 33% Keep Your Right Up (Soigne ta droite) (2001)

Birthday: Dec 3, 1930

Birthplace: Paris, France

As a charter member of the Nouvelle Vague, Jean-Luc Godard was also arguably the most influential French filmmaker of the postwar era. Beginning with his groundbreaking 1959 feature debut A Bout de Souffle, Godard revolutionized the motion picture form, freeing the medium from the shackles of its long-accepted cinematic language by rewriting the rules of narrative, continuity, sound, and camera work. Later in his career, he also challenged the common means of feature production, distribution, and exhibition, all in an effort to subvert the conventions of the Hollywood formula to create a new kind of film. Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children. After receiving his primary education in Nyon, Switzerland, he studied ethnology at the Sorbonne, but spent the vast majority of his days at the Cine-Club du Quartier Latin, where he first met fellow film fanatics Francois Truffaut and Jacques Rivette. In May 1950, the three men united to publish La Gazette du Cinema, a monthly film journal which ran through November of the same year; here Godard printed his first critical pieces, which appeared both under his own name and under the pseudonym Hans Lucas. With Rivette's 1950 short feature Quadrille, Godard made his acting debut, also appearing in Eric Rohmer's Presentation ou Charlotte et son Steack the following year.In January 1952, Godard began writing for Cahiers du Cinema, the massively influential film magazine. However, Godard's first tenure at Cahiers proved to be brief: In the autumn of 1952, he left France to return to Switzerland, where he worked on the construction of the Grande-Dixence Dam. With his earnings, Godard was able to finance his first film, the short subject Operation Beton. While in Geneva in 1955, he helmed his sophomore effort, the ten-minute Une Femme Coquette, subsequently appearing in Rivette's Le Coup de Berger. Upon returning to France in the summer of 1956, Godard resumed his work at Cahiers after a four-year break from writing. There he rose to the top ranks of French film criticism while honing his increasingly fresh and freewheeling directorial style over the course of the short comedies Tous les Garcons s'appellent Patrick (1957), Charlotte et son Jules, and Une Histoire d'Eau (both 1958).In 1959, Godard embarked on his feature debut, A Bout de Souffle (Breathless). Released at roughly the same time as Truffaut's Les Quatre Cents Coups and Alain Resnais' Hiroshima Mon Amour, the picture helped establish the emergence of what was dubbed the French New Wave, a revolutionary movement in film heralded primarily by Cahiers alumni. A Bout de Souffle quickly earned global acclaim as the definitive document of its era. Seemingly overnight, Godard was revered as the most important cinematic talent of his generation. In 1960, he resurfaced with his second feature, an oddball political thriller titled Le Petit Soldat. The first of many films to star his then-wife Anna Karina, it became the subject of controversy over its characters' connection to the Algerian crisis and was banned in France for three years. Shooting for the first time in color and in CinemaScope, he next filmed 1961's comic tale Une Femme Est une Femme, followed a year later by the episodic essay on prostitution Vivre Se Vie. Again, both starred Karina, prompting criticism that Godard was using her as a non-actress, a mere screen presence utilized and manipulated in ways that she herself did not fully comprehend.The first of Godard's films to receive a critical thrashing was 1963's war drama Les Carabiniers, but Le Mepris, a study of the nature of cinema itself, starring Brigitte Bardot, returned him to reviewers' good graces. An astonishingly prolific and brilliant period followed, led off by 1964's Bande a Part and Une Femme Mariee. Pierrot le Fou and Alphaville, une Etrange Aventure de Lemmy Caution, a singular science fiction effort, appeared in 1965, and a year later no less than three new features -- Masc

Highest Rated Movies



90% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) Director Screenwriter 2019
No Score Yet Film Catastrophe Actor 2019
No Score Yet Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown Actor 2016
88% Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) Director Screenwriter 2014
No Score Yet Une Femme Coquette Screenwriter 2014
No Score Yet Lettre à Freddy Buache (A Letter to Freddy Buache) Actor Screenwriter Director 2014
No Score Yet Cinétracts Director 2014
No Score Yet Scénario du film 'Passion' Director Actor 2014
No Score Yet 3x3D Director Screenwriter 2014
No Score Yet Ponts de Sarajevo (Bridges of Sarajevo) Director 2014
No Score Yet Opération 'Béton (Operation Concrete) Director 2014
78% Le Petit Soldat (The Little Soldier) Bystander at Railway Station Director $24.8K 2013
No Score Yet Joy of Learning (Le Gai savoir) Screenwriter Actor Director 2013
No Score Yet Puissance De La Parole Director Screenwriter 2013
No Score Yet Nous sommes tous encore ici (We're Still Here) Actor 2012
58% Film socialisme Director Screenwriter $14.9K 2011
No Score Yet Quelques remarques sur la réalisation et la production du film 'Sauve qui peut (la vie)' (A Few Remarks on the Direction and Production of the Film 'Sauve qui peut (la vie)') Director 2011
66% Two in the Wave (Deux de la Vague) Actor $28.3K 2010
No Score Yet Amore e rabbia (Love and Anger) Screenwriter Director 2010
No Score Yet Morceaux de conversations avec Jean-Luc Godard Actor 2007
No Score Yet Oh, Woe Is Me Director 2007
No Score Yet Moments choisis des histoire(s) du cinéma Screenwriter Director 2006
70% Notre Musique Screenwriter Actor Director $33.7K 2004
93% Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque Actor 2004
71% Alas for Me (Helas pour moi) Director 2003
No Score Yet Charlotte Et Son Jules Director 2003
52% In Praise Of Love (Éloge de l'amour) Screenwriter Director $39.3K 2002
No Score Yet Ten Minutes Older Director 2002
33% Keep Your Right Up (Soigne ta droite) Screenwriter 2001
No Score Yet The Old Place: Small Notes Regarding the Arts at Fall of 20th Century Screenwriter Director 2001
No Score Yet De l'origine du XXIe siècle (Origins of the 21st Century) Director 2000
No Score Yet Après la Réconciliation (After the Reconciliation) Actor 2000
50% For Ever Mozart Screenwriter Director Executive Producer 1997
No Score Yet 3A: La Monnaie De L'Absolu; 4A: Le controle De L'Univers Director 1997
No Score Yet 2 x 50 Years of French Cinema Actor Director 1995
No Score Yet Allemagne Annee 90 Neuf Zero Director 1991
67% Nouvelle vague (New Wave) Director 1990
50% Aria Screenwriter Director 1988
50% King Lear Professor Screenwriter Director 1987
No Score Yet Meetin' WA, (J.L.G. Meets W.A.) Director 1986
91% Détective Screenwriter Director 1985
70% Je Vous Salue, Marie (Hail Mary) Screenwriter Director 1985
No Score Yet Room 666 (Chambre 666) Actor 1985
No Score Yet Soft And Hard Director Actor 1985
57% Breathless Screenwriter 1983
89% First Name - Carmen Director Uncle Jean 1983
57% Passion (Godard's Passion) Screenwriter Director 1982
100% Every Man for Himself (Sauve qui peut (la vie)) Producer Director $45.7K 1980
No Score Yet Comment ça va? (How Is It Going?) Screenwriter Director 1978
No Score Yet Ici et Ailleurs Screenwriter Narrator Producer Director 1976
100% Numero Deux Director Screenwriter 1975
50% Tout va bien Director Screenwriter 1973
No Score Yet Letter to Jane: An Investigation About a Still (Lettre à Jane) Actor Director 1972
No Score Yet Vladimir And Rosa Actor 1971
No Score Yet British Sounds (See You at Mao) Director Screenwriter 1970
No Score Yet Le vent d'est (Wind from the East) Director Screenwriter 1970
No Score Yet Ici Et Ailleurs Director 1970
No Score Yet Le Gai Savoir (Joy of Learning) (Joyful Wisdom) Director Actor 1969
85% Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete) Screenwriter Director 1969
No Score Yet One P.M. Director Actor Screenwriter 1969
No Score Yet Love and Anger Director 1969
95% La Chinoise Director Screenwriter 1968
50% Sympathy for the Devil (One Plus One) Director Screenwriter 1968
No Score Yet Un Film Comme les Autres Screenwriter Director 1968
79% Les Carabiniers Screenwriter Director 1967
No Score Yet The World's Most Beautiful Swindlers (Les plus belles escroqueries du monde) Director Man in fez (and narrator) Screenwriter 1967
94% 2 ou 3 Choses que je Sais d'Elle (Two or Three Things I Know About Her) Director Screenwriter Narrator 1967
96% Weekend Screenwriter Director 1967
No Score Yet The Oldest Profession (Le Plus vieux métier du monde) Director Screenwriter 1967
85% Made in U.S.A. Director Richard Politzer's Shadow and His Recorder Voice 1966
95% Masculin Feminin Director Screenwriter 1966
No Score Yet The Defector Orlovsky's Friend 1966
91% Alphaville Director Screenwriter 1965
93% Contempt Director Screenwriter $39.7K 1964
85% Une femme mariée: Suite de fragments d'un film tourné en 1964 (A Married Woman) Director Narrator Screenwriter 1964
82% A Woman Is a Woman (Une femme est une femme) Director 1964
94% Band of Outsiders (Bande à part) Screenwriter Director Narrator $38.2K 1964
No Score Yet RoGoPaG Director 1963
90% My Life to Live (It's My Life) (Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux) Actor Screenwriter Director 1962
No Score Yet Une Histoire D'Eau Director Screenwriter Narrator 1961
97% Breathless Director Informer Screenwriter $0.4M 1961
No Score Yet Seven Deadly Sins Screenwriter Director 1961
96% Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7) Actor in Comedy Film 1961
No Score Yet Les Fiancés du pont Mac Donald ou (Méfiez-vous des lunettes noires) Actor 1961
No Score Yet Charlotte et son Jules (Charlotte and Her Boyfriend) Director 1960
85% Paris Belongs to Us (Paris Nous Appartient) Actor 1960
No Score Yet Présentation ou Charlotte et Son Steak (Presentation, or Charlotte and Her Steak) Walter 1960
No Score Yet Charlotte et Véronique, ou Tous les Garçons s'Appellent Patrick (All the Boys Are Called Patrick) Director 1959
No Score Yet Changer d'image - Lettre à la bien-aimée Director


No Score Yet POV
Appearing 2010
No Score Yet Série noire
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