According to individuals close to the Franco-Swiss director, Jean-Luc Godard, the father of France’s New Wave film making, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 91.
Godard was one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the world. He is famous for films like Breathless and Contempt, which broke cinematic conventions and served as an inspiration to iconoclastic filmmakers long after his 1960s peak.
In 1960, his films defied the accepted norms of French cinema and contributed to the birth of a brand-new style of filmmaking, complete with handheld camera work, jump cuts, and existential dialogue.
For many cinema fans, there are simply no words to express how revolutionary Godard was in elevating filmmakers to the level of great painters and literary figures. Godard, with his tussled black hair and thick-rimmed glasses, was a true revolutionary.
Not everyone admired Godard. At the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, 25-year-old Canadian director Xavier Dolan shared an award with an octogenarian Godard. Dolan courted controversy just as much as Godard did but referred to him as “the grinchy old man” and “no hero of mine.”
Godard was born on December 3, 1930, in Paris’ affluent Seventh Arrondissement to a wealthy Franco-Swiss family. His mother was the Swiss man’s daughter who created Banque Paribas, a renowned investment firm at the time, and his father was a doctor.