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Also Known As: Hans Lucas Died:
Born: December 3, 1930 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Paris, FR Profession: critic, screenwriter, director, actor, producer, cameraman, editor, theorist, press agent, laborer

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Few filmmakers had so profound an effect on the development of cinema as Jean-Luc Godard, certainly one of the most important and influential directors worldwide to have emerged since the end of World War II. From his early days as a critic and thinker in the pages of Cahiers du cinema, through the great age of the French New Wave of the 1960s, Godard redefined the way we look at film. An essayist and poet of the cinema, he made the language of film a real part of his narratives. Godard emerged on the international filmmaking scene with his most famous and perhaps best film, "Breathless" (1960), a celebration of the American film noir that also served as the stylistic template for the rest of the 1960s, widely considered to be his most fertile creative period. During that turbulent decade, Godard made no less than two films a year and sometime more, creating such experimental and increasingly politically-minded films as "Vivre sa vie" (My Life to Live") (1962), "Contempt" (1963), Bande à Part" ("Band of Outsiders") (1964) and "Alphaville" (1965), many of which starred his first wife, Anna Karina. After making the critically panned "Weekend" (1967), a disgruntled Godard left the filmmaking business...

Few filmmakers had so profound an effect on the development of cinema as Jean-Luc Godard, certainly one of the most important and influential directors worldwide to have emerged since the end of World War II. From his early days as a critic and thinker in the pages of Cahiers du cinema, through the great age of the French New Wave of the 1960s, Godard redefined the way we look at film. An essayist and poet of the cinema, he made the language of film a real part of his narratives. Godard emerged on the international filmmaking scene with his most famous and perhaps best film, "Breathless" (1960), a celebration of the American film noir that also served as the stylistic template for the rest of the 1960s, widely considered to be his most fertile creative period. During that turbulent decade, Godard made no less than two films a year and sometime more, creating such experimental and increasingly politically-minded films as "Vivre sa vie" (My Life to Live") (1962), "Contempt" (1963), Bande à Part" ("Band of Outsiders") (1964) and "Alphaville" (1965), many of which starred his first wife, Anna Karina. After making the critically panned "Weekend" (1967), a disgruntled Godard left the filmmaking business altogether in order to make political films. Once that particular fancy waned in 1972, he entered into a transitional period of video and television projects that eventually segued into a second period of narrative filmmaking that was more experimental and inaccessible than his previous work, though some critics declared this time as being more creatively fruitful. Chief among the works was the highly controversial "Hail Mary" (1985), a contemporary retelling of the biblical Joseph and Mary story that was tagged by the Vatican as being blasphemous. Whether he was continuing his long love affair with film noir, as he did with "Detective" (1985), or overreaching with the baffling "King Lear" (1987), Godard was not only a tireless experimenter with form and context, but also synonymous with the world of cinema itself.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Our Music (2004) Director
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  In Praise of Love (2001) Director
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  For Ever Mozart (1996) Director
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  Jlg/Jlg (1995) Director
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CAST: (feature film)

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 Our Music (2004) Himself
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 Words In Progress (2004) Himself
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 Apres la reconciliation (2000) Robert
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 Jlg/Jlg (1995) Himself
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 Children Play Russian, The (1994) Himself
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 Soigne ta droite (1987) The Idiot; The Prince
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 King Lear (1987) Professor
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Became naturalized Swiss citizen during WWII
1950:
Co-founded <i>Gazette du Cinema</i>; first article published under pseudonym "Hans Lucas"
1950:
Film acting debut in "Quadrille" (helped finance; experimental short by Jacques Rivette)
1952:
Wrote for <i>Cahiers du Cinema</i>
1952:
Traveled to North America and South America and began work on first film (never completed)
1954:
First short documentary as director "Operation Beton" ("Operation Concrete")
1955:
First short fiction film (as Hans Lucas) "Une Femme Coquette"
1956:
Wrote film reviews for <i>Arts</i>
1957:
Briefly worked in the publicity department for 20th Century-Fox in Paris
1957:
Hired as press attache for Artistes Associes
1958:
First public screening of "Operation beton"
1959:
Wrote gossip column "Temps de Paris"
1960:
Feature directorial debut, "A Bout de Souffle/Breathless"; film considered one of the first and most influential films of French New Wave
1964:
With then-wife Anna Karina, formed Anouchka Films
1968:
Garnered attention for championing Henri Langlois who had been fired as director of the Cinematheque
1967:
Directed "Le Weekend", which marked a transitional point in his career; subsequent work was first more politicized (1968-72) and then more experimental (1973)
1969:
Formed Dziga-Vertov Group (with Jean-Pierre Gorin and others)
1980:
Returned to feature films with "Sauve qui peut (la vie)"
1983:
Earned international acclaim for "Prenom: Carmen"
1985:
Wrote and directed "Je vous salue, Marie/Hail Mary"
1987:
Helmed TV commercials for a line of jeans
1987:
Directed an odd assortment of performers (including Norman Mailer, Woody Allen and Molly Ringwald) in an excessive updating of Shakespeare's "King Lear"
1989:
Began a multi-part video project, "Histoire(s) du cinema/History of the Cinema"
1991:
Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender form production company A Band Apart, named after Godard's 1964 film "Bande à part/Band of Outsiders"
1994:
Produced, scripted, directed and appeared in the pseudo-biographical "JLG/JLG ¿ Autoportrait de Decembre"
1996:
Directed, edited and scripted "Forever Mozart"
1997:
Directed several videos for TV under the umbrella title "Histoire du cinema"
2000:
Commissioned by the Cannes Film Festival; wrote and directed documentary short "De l'origine du XXIe siècle"
2001:
Directed "Eloge d'amour/In Praise of Love"; screened at Cannes
2004:
Wrote and directed the documentary "Moments choisis des histoire(s) du cinéma"; also produced
2004:
Wrote and directed the war drama "Notre musique"
2010:
Directed and co-wrote a film composed of three movements, "Film Socialisme"; premiered at Cannes
2011:
Featured in the documentary "Marcel Ophuls et Jean-Luc Godard, La rencontre de St-Gervais"
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Education

Lycee Buffon: -
Sorbonne, University of Paris: - 1949

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wife:
Anna Karina. Actor. Married in March 1961; divorced in 1964; appeared in a number of Godard's early features, including "Le Petit Soldat" (1960), "Vivre Sa Vie" (1962) and others.
wife:
Anne Wiazemsky. Actor. Began relationship in 1967; married in 1967; appeared in Godard's film "La Chinoise" (1967); divorced.
wife:
Anne-Marie Mieville. Director, producer. Began relationship in 1973.

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father:
Paul Godard. Physician. Divorced from Godard's mother in 1948.
mother:
Odile Godard. Divorced from Godard's father in 1948; died 1954 in automobile accident.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Godard"
"Focus on Godard"
"Jean-Luc Godard par Jean-Luc Godard"
"Speaking About Godard" New York University Press
"Jean-Luc Godard: Interviews"
"The Films of Jean-Luc Godard: Seeing the Invisible"
"The Cinema Alone: Jean-Luc Godard in the Year 2000"
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