Geneva. Famous French film director Jean Luc Godard is no more. in the sixties Jean-Luc Godard, who revolutionized cinematography with his debut film ‘Breathless’ passed away. He was 91 years old. According to the Swiss news agency ATS, Godard’s partner Anne-Marie Miville and his producers told that when he breathed his last at his home on Lake Geneva on Tuesday, his relatives were with him.
Jean Luc Godard was battling many diseases. That’s why his death is being called ‘Voluntary Death’ (Associated Suicide). According to BBC report Government allows ‘voluntary dying’ in Switzerland under special circumstances, Godard’s legal advisor, Patrick Jeanneret, told AFP news agency that the French film director was suffering from a number of serious and unusual ailments. On the basis of the medical report, he had taken permission from the government for ‘voluntary death’.
Born in Paris in 1930
Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on 3 December 1930 to an affluent French-Swiss family. Although he was brought up in Nyon, Switzerland. He received education in Anthropology from the Sorbonne University in Paris. After the Second World War, he became inclined towards the cultural scene of the Cine Club Latin Quarters. He befriended great directors such as Francis Truffaut, Jacques Rivette and Erich Rohmer. By the year 1952, he started writing for the prestigious film magazine ‘Cahiers du Cinema’.
Started career as a film critic
Jean-Luc Godard began his career as a film critic in the 1950s. He will be remembered as the one who started a new era in the cinema world out of the box. He created new rules for telling the story of the film i.e. camera, sound and narrative. Goddard made many films that were politically sensitive and experimental. Those films pleased very few people outside a small circle of his fans. Many critics did not like his extreme intellectuality. His films are ‘My Life to Live’, ‘Alphaville’, ‘Crazy Pete’, ‘The Little Soldier’ etc. Later, he became recognized as a person who did not compromise with the leftist political outlook.
French President expressed condolences
French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute, saying Godard was “one of the greatest challengers to orthodoxy among New Wave directors”. He initiated a completely modern, extremely free art form. Macron said, ‘The national heritage has been snatched from us…’. On the other hand, Thierry Frémaux, director of the Cannes Film Festival, told the AP on Tuesday that he was “deeply saddened” to hear of Godard’s passing. Godard’s films made Jean-Paul Belmondo a star. His controversial film ‘Hail Mary’ hit the headlines when Pope John Paul II condemned it in 1985. (with language input)
FIRST PUBLISHED : September 14, 2022, 11:39 IST
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