Jean-Luc Godard

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Jean-Luc Godard (French pronunciation: [ʒɑ̃lyk ɡɔˈdaʁ]; born 3 December 1930) is a French-Swiss film director, screen writer and critic. He is often identified with the group of filmmakers known as the Nouvelle Vague, or "French New Wave".

Many of Godard's films challenge the conventions of traditional Hollywood cinema as well as the French equivalent, namely the "tradition of quality".[1] He is often considered the most extreme or radical of the New Wave filmmakers. His films express his political ideologies as well as his knowledge of film history. In addition, Godard's films often cite existentialism as he was an avid reader of existential and Marxist philosophy. His radical approach in movie conventions, politics and philosophies made him the most influential filmmaker of the French New Wave, inspiring directors as diverse as Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Bernardo Bertolucci, Arthur Penn, Hal Hartley, Richard Linklater, Gregg Araki, John Woo, Mike Figgis, Robert Altman, Steven Soderbergh, Richard Lester, Jim Jarmusch, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Brian De Palma, Wim Wenders, Oliver Stone and Ken Loach. In the 2002 poll of the Sight and Sound publication, Godard ranked #3 in the critics' top ten directors of all time (which was put together by assembling the directors of the individual films that the critics polled voted for).[2] In August, 2010, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Godard would receive an Honorary Academy Award at the 2nd Annual Governors Awards. He did not attend the ceremony held in Los Angeles on November 14, 2010.[3]


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