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Jean-Luc Godard
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Godard in 1968
Born 3 December 1930 (1930-12-03) (age 90)
Citizenship France
Alma mater University of Paris
Occupation Film critic, film director, actor, cinematographer, screenwriter, editor, producer
Years active 1950–present
Notable work
My Life to Live
Pierrot le Fou
Histoire(s) du cinéma
Movement French New Wave
Anna Karina
(m. 1961; div. 1965)

Anne Wiazemsky
(m. 1967; div. 1979)
Partner(s) Anne-Marie Miéville
  • Honorary Academy Award (2010)
  • Honorary César (1987, 1998)
  • Prix Jean Vigo (1960)
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Jean-Luc Godard (born 3 December 1930) is a French-Swiss film director, screenwriter and film critic. He rose to prominence as a pioneer of the 1960s French New Wave film movement.

In a 2002 Sight & Sound poll, Godard ranked third in the critics' top-ten directors of all time. He is said to have "created one of the largest bodies of critical analysis of any filmmaker since the mid-twentieth century." He and his work have been central to narrative theory. In 2010, Godard was awarded an Academy Honorary Award. Godard's films have inspired many directors including Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and many other famous directors.

Early life

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Graffiti stencil of Jean-Luc Godard in Rue Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada

Jean-Luc Godard was born in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. Four years after Jean-Luc's birth, his father moved the family to Switzerland. At the outbreak of the Second World War, Godard was in France and returned to Switzerland with difficulty. He spent most of the war in Switzerland. Not a frequent cinema-goer, he attributed his introduction to cinema to a reading of Malraux's essay Outline of a Psychology of Cinema, and his reading of La Revue du cinéma, which was relaunched in 1946.

Personal life

Anne Wiazemsky in Il seme dell'uomo (cropped)
Anne Wiazemsky 1969

Godard has been married twice, to two of his leading women: Anna Karina (1961–1965) and Anne Wiazemsky (1967–1979). Beginning in 1970, he collaborated personally and professionally with Anne-Marie Miéville.

His relationship with Karina in particular produced some of his most critically acclaimed films, and their relationship was widely publicized; The Independent described them as "one of the most celebrated pairings of the 1960s." A writer for Filmmaker magazine called their collaborations "the most influential body of work in the history of cinema."

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