French director Jean-Luc Godard He passed away this Tuesday (13 years old) at the age of 91.
Godard is one of the founders of the Nouvelle Vague, one of the most important movements in world cinema, created in France in the late 1950s that brought new aesthetic paradigms to film production around the world, influencing directors over the following decades.
He has made more than 40 feature films over his 70-year career, as well as short films, experimental documentaries, feature films and music videos.
French President Emmanuel Macron spoke of the death of the director, who he described as a “genius” and “icon warrior”.
He declared, “Jean-Luc Godard was the most smashing Nouvelle Vague filmmaker. He invented a very modern and free art. We have lost a national treasure and genius.”
Jean-Luc Godard smokes a cigar during an interview at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival. – Photo: Jean-Jacques Levy/Associated Press
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Among his most notable works are “Akusado” (1960) and “O Contempt” (1963).. Godard is also responsible for films such as “Viver a Vida” (1962), “Week-End à Francesa” (1967), “Carmen” (1983), “I Greet You Maria” (1985) and “Farewell to Language” (1985). .2014).
Most of the titles adopted a new style of shooting, redefining the parameters of camera — more portable and more mobile — and sound and narration, as well as existential storylines and dialogue.
His works have also caused controversy in traditional sectors, such as the Catholic Church. “Je Vous Salue, Marie” (1985) was rejected by then-Pope John Paul II and even banned in Brazil.
Last year, when I turned ninety, Godard announced plans to retire.
Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris in 1930, into a French-Swiss family, the son of a doctor and grandson of one of the founders of the French Bank Paribas.
Director Jean-Luc Godard (Photo: AFP)
Godard’s influences have also reached Brazilian music, with the director being mentioned in Legiao Urbana’s iconic “Eduardo e Mónica”.
“Eduardo and Monica exchanged numbers, then called and decided to meet. Eduardo suggested a snack bar, but Monica wanted to see a movie for Godard.”
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