Not many people get to revolutionise their chosen art film, but French film making legend Jean-Luc Godard truly did. Sadly, he has now died at the age of 91. His family have confirmed he passed peacefully.
Godard started as a film critic who then ventured into directing, changing the cinematic landscape with ‘Breathless’ and going on to become the leader of the New Wave, inspiring people like Tarantino and Scorsese. Not many directors receive a word of mourning from their country’s leader, but French President Macron stated “Jean-Luc Godard, the most iconoclastic of New Wave filmmakers, invented a resolutely modern, intensely free art. We have lost a national treasure, a man who had the vision of a genius.”
Not that Godard was always liked by authority: an early film, Le Petit Soldat, was initially banned in France for showing torture approved by the government.
Although the films were great – and the films really were epoch-changingly great – Godard’s greatest legacy is the masses of filmmakers he inspired to pick up a camera by making directing, sexy, cool, and pursing your own style.