Date Of Birth:
3 December 1930
Place Of Birth:
Best Known As:
Existentialist, Marxist French movie director
Jean-Luc Godard was a French movie critic who became one of the major filmmakers of the Nouvelle Vague (New Wave) cinema, a movement that stressed experimental techniques and film as art in the 1950s and '60s. Godard became internationally known after his first feature film, Breathless (1960, bout de souffle), and continued to garner critical success (if not big box office returns) in the 1960s, with films such as Contempt (1963, Le Mpris, starring Brigitte Bardot), Band of Outsiders (1964, Bande part), Masculine-Feminine (1966, Masculin, fminin) and Two or Three Things I Know About Her (1967, 2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle). He also earned a reputation by the 1970s as a serious, furiously political practitioner of the art of cinema. Goddard has also stirred up his share of controversy, such as when the Catholic church urged a boycott of his 1986 film Hail Mary, (Je vous salue, Marie) a contemporary treatment of the story of the biblical Mary. Over the years Godard's existentialist Marxism lost the luster it once had, but his work of the 1960s is still considered part of the canon of great cinema.
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