Jean-Luc Godard, the famous director of « the Nouvelle Vague » died at the age of 91, according to information from the newspaper Liberation.
The figure of the Nouvelle Vague
The daily learned the sad news from his relatives on Tuesday September 13, 2022. The Franco-Swiss artist figure of the Nouvelle Vague and born on December 3, 1930 in Paris, left us leaving behind him an immense career marked by works like A bout de souffle, Pierrot le Fou or Le Mépris. Complete author of his films for which he signs the scripts, the dialogues or the editing, Jean-Luc Godard has also been a producer and writer, as well as a critic and theoretician of cinema. Jean-Luc Godard was in a relationship with Anna Karina – who died in 2019 – from 1961 to 1967 then with Anne Wiazemsky from 1967 to 1970. The latter died in 2017. His last companion Anne-Marie Miéville, Swiss filmmaker and producer. Jean-Luc Godard was the last great representative of the New Wave, with François Truffaut, Eric Rohmer, Claude Chabrol, and Jacques Rivette, who died in 2016.
The consecration came in 1965
It is also considered that this movement was born with his feature film A bout de souffle in 1959. This public success allows him to multiply the projects and the experiments. In the 1960s, he made a film about the Algerian war, Le Petit Soldat, followed by Une femme est une femme, with his companion at the time Anna Karina, a tribute to musicals. Among his most notable films, Le Mépris, in which Brigitte Bardot plays the role of Michel Piccoli, and Pierrot Le Fou, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, who was already playing in Breathless, and who died there. a year almost to the day, September 6, 2021. He chained filming in the 60s, and the consecration came in 1965, when he won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for his film Alphaville. After the events of May 1968, he turned to a more politically engaged cinema. Then after his motorcycle accident in 1971, he moved away from film sets at the end of the 70s. He returned to the front of the stage in the 80s with three films: Sauve Qui Peut, Détective, Prénom Carmen , selected at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2014, his latest opus, Farewell to Language, was presented in official competition at the Cannes Film Festival.