Relive the award-winning career of French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard

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the french filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard died this Tuesday (13), at the age of 91. He was a director, screenwriter, producer, actor, film critic and a great forerunner of new wave – cinematic movement of the 1960s that was a milestone in the history of cinema.

Godard broke with the established conventions of French cinema and helped usher in a new way of making art, with portable camera work, jump cuts and existential dialogue.

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Owner of an award-winning career full of films, he won an Honorary Oscar, given in 2010, for his career as a whole, in addition to two Honorary César Awards, in 1987 and 1998.

The filmmaker’s first work was a short film in 1954, while the first feature film was released in 1960 – being one of his biggest successes -, and the last in 2018, the film “Image and Word” .

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Responsible for the classics “harassed” and “The Contempt”, Godard was among the most acclaimed directors in the world.

Remember the main films of French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard:

Besieged (1960)

This was the director’s first feature film and was one of the first productions of the so-called new wave . In it, Godard broke a rule, hitherto inviolable, and filmed with his camera in his hand.

In the plot, after stealing a car, a man on his way to Paris kills a policeman who tried to arrest him for speeding. When he arrives in the French capital, he meets an American student who hides him in her apartment and they end up becoming lovers.

The film earned the filmmaker the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Living the Life (1962)

Winner of the Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, the feature is divided into 12 frames, with disconnected episodes.

The production follows a young woman who leaves her children and her husband to pursue the life of an actress. In between failed attempts to earn money from art, she ends up turning to prostitution. However, the character gains new hope of being happy by falling in love again.

The Contempt (1963)

This is one of Godard’s most famous and acclaimed films.

While her husband works on a film adaptation of the classic “Odyssey”, the young wife suspects actions that make her despise him. Amid misunderstandings, the couple’s relationship is fragmenting.

The Devil After Eleven (1965)

Based on the book “Obsession” by Lionel White, the story is about a teacher who leaves his wife and runs away with an old friend after a dead body is found in her house. Between madness and discoveries, the duo faces several confusions.

Save Yourself Who Can (1980)

Godard competed for César, in the category of Best Film, for “Salve-se Quem Puder”.

The stories of three characters intersect, in an analysis of sexual relations in the midst of society: Paul, a television producer, Denise, his collaborator and ex-girlfriend, and Isabelle, a prostitute of whom Paul was once a client.

Passion (1982)

Another film that was nominated for a César in the Best Picture category was the dramatic comedy “Passion”.

A Polish filmmaker has problems with the production of a film in Switzerland and amidst the creative chaos, he becomes involved with two local women.

Carmen de Godard (1983)

In the plot, Carmen X, a member of a terrorist gang, planning to rob a bank along with her clan. During the robbery, she falls in love with a security guard and tries to run away with him.

The film won him the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

*With information from Brian Love and Ingrid Melande from Reuters

Source: CNN Brasil

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