Jean-Luc Godard - Rotten Tomatoes

Jean-Luc Godard

Highest Rated:   100% Détective (1995)
Birthday:  
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

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown
  • Actor
2016
86% Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
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
80% Le Petit Soldat (The Little Soldier)
  • Bystander at Railway Station
  • Director
$0.1M 2013
No Score Yet Joy of Learning (Le Gai savoir)
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
  • 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
59% Film socialisme
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$0.1M 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
$0.1M 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
67% Notre Musique
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$0.1M 2004
93% Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Six fois deux: Sur et sous la communication 2e Partie
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2003
71% Alas for Me (Helas pour moi)
  • Director
2003
No Score Yet Charlotte Et Son Jules
  • Director
2003
51% In Praise Of Love (Éloge de l'amour)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$0.1M 2002
No Score Yet Ten Minutes Older
  • Director
2002
33% Keep Your Right Up (Soigne ta droite)
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet The Old Place: Small Notes Regarding the Arts at Fall of 20th Century
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
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
56% For Ever Mozart
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1997
No Score Yet 3A: La Monnaie De L'Absolu; 4A: Le controle De L'Univers
  • Director
1997
100% Détective
  • Director
1995
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
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1988
50% King Lear
  • Professor
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1987
No Score Yet Meetin' WA, (J.L.G. Meets W.A.)
  • Director
1986
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
67% Breathless
  • Screenwriter
1983
88% First Name - Carmen
  • Director
  • Uncle Jean
1983
67% Passion (Godard's Passion)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1982
No Score Yet Every Man for Himself
  • Director
  • Producer
$0.1M 1980
No Score Yet Comment ça va? (How Is It Going?)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1978
No Score Yet Ici et ailleurs (Here and Elsewhere)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Narrator
1976
100% Numero Deux
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1975
57% Tout va bien
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1973
No Score Yet Letter to Jane: An Investigation About a Still (Lettre à Jane)
  • Director
  • Actor
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)
  • Actor
  • Director
1969
85% Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1969
No Score Yet One P.M.
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet Love and Anger
  • Director
1969
100% La Chinoise
  • Director
1968
50% Sympathy for the Devil (One Plus One)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1968
No Score Yet Un Film Comme les Autres
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1968
67% Les Carabiniers
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1967
No Score Yet The World's Most Beautiful Swindlers (Les plus belles escroqueries du monde)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Man in fez (and narrator)
1967
94% 2 ou 3 Choses que je Sais d'Elle (Two or Three Things I Know About Her)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Narrator
1967
95% Weekend
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1967
No Score Yet The Oldest Profession (Le Plus vieux métier du monde)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1967
89% Made in U.S.A.
  • Richard Politzer's Shadow and His Recorder Voice
  • Director
1966
95% Masculin Feminin
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1966
No Score Yet The Defector
  • Orlovsky's Friend
1966
90% Alphaville
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1965
94% Contempt
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$0.1M 1964
81% Une femme mariée: Suite de fragments d'un film tourné en 1964 (A Married Woman)
  • Director
  • Narrator
  • Screenwriter
1964
87% A Woman Is a Woman (Une femme est une femme)
  • Director
1964
96% Band of Outsiders (Bande à part)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Narrator
$0.1M 1964
No Score Yet RoGoPaG
  • Director
1963
93% My Life to Live (It's My Life) (Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux)
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1962
No Score Yet Une Histoire D'Eau
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Narrator
1961
97% Breathless
  • Informer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$0.4M 1961
No Score Yet Seven Deadly Sins
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
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
92% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet POV
1988
  • Appearing
  • 2010

Quotes from Jean-Luc Godard's Characters

No quotes approved yet.