Jean Luc Godard

Jean Luc Godard (* 3. December 1930 in Paris, France) is French - a Swiss film director.

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Jean Luc Godard comes of to one largecivil French-Swiss family. Its father was a physician and owner Swiss of a private hospital, its nut/mother came from an outstanding banker family. It possessed originally only the French nationality and became only 1953 citizens of Gland in the canton Waadt.

It visited first, the schools in the waadtländischen Nyon and began one year later at the Sorbonne - University of a study of the Ethnologie after the divorce of its parents 1948 in Paris there the High School settled, visited. During the study time awaked itsPassion for the cinema, it became acquainted with there also the film theoretician Andre Bazin , which affected it strongly.

1950 created Godard its own film magazine, which was adjusted however after five expenditures. At 1952 it began as a film critic for the magazine “To write Cahiers you cinéma “.

After a missed attempt it turned 1954 its first own film “Opération concrete”, which reported on the building of a dam in Switzerland. Godard worked there as a building worker, in order to up-improve its finances.

1960Godard by its first motion picture film À bout de souffle (“out of breath”) admits and could as a director be established. At the same time the film help his leading actor Jean Paul Belmondo to the break-through.

Godards second film excited not only artistic, but above all politicalAttention. In Le petit soldier (“the small soldier”) concerned itself Godard 1963 with the frights of the Algeria war, which the French army led against the movement of independence of Algeria. The film was forbidden by the censorship and was allowed two years long notin France to be specified. Also later, particularly after 1968 provoked Godard again and again by radical society criticism in its films. Together with the socialist theoretician Jean Pierre Gorin it created the Groupe Dziga Vertov (designated after the Soviet film producer and film theoretician Dsiga Wertow), which gave a refusal to the commercial cinema and into the service of the revolution placed its films.

Later busy Godard among other things with a self reflection of its work, the title “Nouvelle Vague” of 1989 brings up for discussion itself the cinematic of the same nameCurrent, when their founder Godard applies. Also it made the reunification of Germany in its film Allemagne neuf zéro (“Germany new (n) zero”) the topic.

Godard is also today still cinematic active, even if its avant-garde works it in that increasingly ofcommercial multiplex one coined/shaped cinema landscape ever more heavily in the program create. Its newer work is to be visited regularly on Filmfestivals.

Godard and its style

Godard are one of the prominent representatives of the Nouvelle Vague and the Auteur theory, its filmsare considered as pointing the way. They are among other things admit for their free, experimental form. It opposed therein the defaults and firm rules of the classical Hollywood cinema from the outset, by it z. B. Dialogues in the conventional way (firing against shot) did not film,separate with camera movements and positions experimented. Its films are often collagenhafte images of the reality. Godard is every now and then that, which uses the Jump CUT at most. It breaks through the film reality, by revealing on the one hand the photograph mechanisms of the medium, on the other hand however documentary aspectsenweaves. Thus he lets come for example his figures into interview situations to word (two or three things, which I know from it) or however refused by joining together not matching pictures a continuity, which suggests a realistic environment in commercial films.The action, particularly in its earlier films, gladly interrupted of e.g. sudden music inserts (Pierrot le Fou) or abrupt, not far avowed shootings (Masculin - feminine or: The children of Marx and Coca Cola), according to its Faiblefor American category films. Frequently it uses writing in its films, in order to examine it on graphic qualities (Une femme est une femme, dt. “A woman is a woman”).

Quotation: Photography, that is the truth. And the filmthe truth is 24 times in the second. (The small soldier)


  • 1954: Opération concrete
  • 1958: A history of the water (Une histoire d'eau)
  • 1959: Out of breath (À bout de souffle, PrixJean Vigo)
  • 1960: The small soldier (Le petit soldier)
  • 1961: A woman is a woman (Une femme est une femme)
  • 1962: The history of the Nana S. (Vivre SA Vie)
  • 1962: The seven death sins- Come episode film from seven Kurzfilmen, the other episodes from Sylvain Dhomme, Philippe de Broca, Edouard Molinaro, Jacques Demy and Claude Chabrol
  • 1963: The Carabinieri (Les Carabiniers, a kind “anti-war film”)
  • 1963: The Verachtung (Le Mépris)
  • 1964: The outsider gang (gang à part)
  • 1964: A married Mrs. (Une femme mariée)
  • 1965: Alphaville (Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution)
  • 1965: Eleven o'clock at night (Pierrot le fou)
  • 1965: Masculin - feminine or: The children of Marx and Coca Cola (Masculin - féminin: 15 faits précis)
  • 1966: Larva in U.S.A. (Original titles)
  • 1966: Two or three things, which I know from it (2 ou 3 chosesque ever sais d'elle)
  • 1967: The oldest trade of the world (Le plus vieux more métier you moon)
  • 1967: The Chinese (La Chinoise)
  • 1967: Weekend (original title)
  • 1968: Love and anger (Amore e rabbia)
  • 1969: East wind(Le vent de l'est)
  • 1972: Everything in butter (Tout va bien)
  • 1972: Type character ton of Jane (original title)
  • 1975: Numéro 2 (original title)
  • 1980: Save yourself who can (the life) (Sauve qui peut (la vie))
  • 1982: Passion(Original titles)
  • 1983: First name Carmen (Prénom Carmen)
  • 1984: Maria and Joseph
  • 1985: Detective
  • 1986/87: Aria - episode film, in which nine further directors participated, among other things Robert Altman, Nicolas Roeg and Ken Russell
  • 1987: Contactor your rights (SoigneTA droite)
  • 1990: Nouvelle Vague (original title)
  • 1991: Germany new (n) zero (Allemagne 90 Neuf Zéro)
  • 1998: History (n) of the cinema (Histoire (s) you cinéma)
  • 2001: On the love (Éloge de l'amour)
  • 2004: Notre musique (original titles)
  • 2005:Paris, per t'aime (in work) - episode film

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