Film director, screenwriter, and critic Jean-Luc Godard was a French-Swiss who lived from 3 December 1930 until 13 September 2022.
Jean-Luc Godard became well-known as a founder of the French New Wave film movement in the 1960s, and many consider him to be the most significant post-war French director.
Jean-Luc Godard's work “revolutionized the motion picture form,” in the words of AllMovie, with its experiments with narrative, continuity, sound, and camerawork.
The son of Odile and Swiss doctor Paul Godard, Jean-Luc Godard was born on December 3, 1930, in Paris's 7th arrondissement. Jean-Luc Godard's mother was a descendant of Banque Paribas founder Julien Monod, and his parents were affluent Protestants of Franco-Swiss ancestry.
Jean-Luc Godard's mother was the theologian Adolphe Monod's great-granddaughter. Jean-Luc Godard's mother's side also includes composer Jacques-Louis Monod, naturalist Théodore Monod, preacher Frédéric Monod, and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a former Peruvian prime minister who eventually became president.
When Jean-Luc was four years old, his father relocated the family to Switzerland. Godard was in France at the start of the Second World War and struggled to get back to Switzerland.
Two of Godard's leading ladies, Anna Karina (1961–1955) and Anne Wiazemsky, were his wives (1967–1979).
Jean-Luc Godard began working closely both personally and professionally with Anne-Marie Miéville in 1970. Godard, who was referred to as a “recluse” by his former wife Karina, has been residing with Miéville in the town of Rolle since 1978.
Top 10 Jean-Luc Godard quotes
Below are Top 10 Jean-Luc Godard quotes.
Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.
A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.
Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second
I know nothing of life except through the cinema.
Beauty is composed of an eternal, invariable element whose quantity is extremely difficult to determine, and a relative element which might be, either by turns or all at once, period, fashion, moral, passion.
Every edit is a lie.
I pity the French Cinema because it has no money. I pity the American Cinema because it has no ideas.
Once I had seen ‘Journey to Italy,' I knew that, even if I were never to make movies, I could make them.
I want to be together with everyone else but stay lonely.
I had the feeling that Sarajevo was the perfect place to shoot the film I wanted to shoot. It is the perfect illustration of purgatory.