JLG in Six: In Memoriam Jean-Luc Godard (1930 – 2022)

Few film directors have reached the status of icon—and of those icons none were as radical as Jean-Luc Godard. Beginning in the 1950s as a film critic with the influential journal Cahiers du Cinéma, Godard and his young colleagues found a kinship with Hollywood genre film directors such as Howard Hawks, Nicholas Ray, and Samuel Fuller along with inspiration from the early Soviet film innovators. Mixing pop art and politics, the anarchic spirit of Godard’s early films such as Breathless and Contempt earned him international critical acclaim. As the leading figure of the French New Wave, Godard continued to evolve and innovate, often confounding critics and audiences. The outspoken auteur never shied from controversy and even well into his eighties he embraced new techniques and technologies to break out of the conventional framework of cinema. This six-film survey is but a mere glimpse of JLG’s revolutionary craft and singular vision. No doubt, cinema will continue to feel the reverberations of his influence for years to come.

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