Jean-Luc Godard

Director, Screenwriter, Critic
Few filmmakers had so profound an effect on the development of cinema as Jean-Luc Godard, certainly one of the most important and influential directors worldwide to have emerged since the end of World War II. From his ... Read more »
Born: 12/03/1930 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Writer (65)

Adieu au langage 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Petit Soldat 2013 (Movie)

(From Story)

Le Petit Soldat 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

3X3D 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Film Socialisme 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Our Music 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

In Praise of Love 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Soigne ta droite 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

For Ever Mozart 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Germany Year 90 Nine Zero 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jlg/Jlg 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

2 X 50 Years of French Cinema 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Helas Pour Moi 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Children Play Russian 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nouvelle Vague 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Aria 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

King Lear 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Détective 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hail Mary 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Breathless 1983 (Movie)

from screenplay("Au bout de souffle") (From Story)

First Name: Carmen 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Passion 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Every Man For Himself 1980 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Every Man For Himself 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ici et ailleurs 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Numero Deux 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Comment ca va? 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tout va bien 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Letter to Jane 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

One American Movie/1 A.M. 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Wind From the East 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

1 1 1968 (Movie)

(From Story)

1 1 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Carabiniers 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Chinese Girl 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Chinese Girl 1968 (Movie)

(From Story)

Weekend 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Weekend 1968 (Movie)

(From Story)

Made in U.S.A. 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Worlds's Most Beautiful Swindles 1967 (Movie)

("Le grand escroc") (From Story)

The Worlds's Most Beautiful Swindles 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Two or Three Things I Know About Her 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Amore E Rabbia 1966 (Movie)

("L'amore") (From Story)

Amore E Rabbia 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Band of Outsiders 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Masculin-Feminin 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Married Woman 1965 (Movie)

(From Story)

A Married Woman 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alphaville 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alphaville 1965 (Movie)

(From Story)

Pierrot le Fou 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Woman Is a Woman 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Contempt 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Six in Paris 1964 (Movie)

("Montparnasse et Levallois") (Screenplay)

My Life To Live 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My Life To Live 1963 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Seven Deadly Sins 1963 (Movie)

(("Laziness"/"La Paresse")) (Screenplay)

RoGoPag 1962 (Movie)

("Le Nouveau Monde") (From Story)

RoGoPag 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Breathless 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Story of Water 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Charlotte et son Jules 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Une Femme Coquette 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Operation Concrete 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (61)

Adieu au langage 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bridges of Sarajevo 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Petit Soldat 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Film Socialisme 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Our Music 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

In Praise of Love 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Ten Minutes Older: The Cello 2002 (Movie)

("In the Darkness of Time") (Director)

Soigne ta droite 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

De L'Origine du XXIe Siecle 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

For Ever Mozart 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Histoire(s) du cinema (two chapters) 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Germany Year 90 Nine Zero 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Jlg/Jlg 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

2 X 50 Years of French Cinema 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Helas Pour Moi 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

The Children Play Russian 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Contre l'oubli 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Nouvelle Vague 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Aria 1988 (Movie)

("Armide") (Director)

King Lear 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Détective 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Hail Mary 1985 (Movie)

("Je-Vous-Salue-Marie") (Director)

First Name: Carmen 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Passion 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Every Man For Himself 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

A New Film By Jean-Luc Godard 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Ici et ailleurs 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Numero Deux 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Comment ca va? 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Tout va bien 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

A Letter to Jane 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Vladimir et Rosa 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

One American Movie/1 A.M. 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Jusqu'a la Victoire 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wind From the East 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

1 1 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Carabiniers 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

The Chinese Girl 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Weekend 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Made in U.S.A. 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

The Worlds's Most Beautiful Swindles 1967 (Movie)

("Le grand escroc") (Director)

Two or Three Things I Know About Her 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Amore E Rabbia 1966 (Movie)

("L'amore") (Director)

Band of Outsiders 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Masculin-Feminin 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

A Married Woman 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Alphaville 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Pierrot le Fou 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

A Woman Is a Woman 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Contempt 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Six in Paris 1964 (Movie)

("Montparnasse et Levallois") (Director)

My Life To Live 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

The Seven Deadly Sins 1963 (Movie)

(("Laziness"/"La Paresse")) (Director)

RoGoPag 1962 (Movie)

("Il Nouvo Mondo") (Director)

Breathless 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

A Story of Water 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Charlotte et son Jules 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

All Boys are Called Patrick 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Une Femme Coquette 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Operation Concrete 1953 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (42)

Le Petit Soldat 2013 (Movie)

Bystander at Railway Station (Actor)

Our Music 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Words In Progress 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Soigne ta droite 2001 (Movie)

The Idiot (Actor)

Apres la reconciliation 2000 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

Berlin-Cinema (Titre Provisoire) 1998 (Movie)

(Voice)

Nous sommes tous encore ici 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jlg/Jlg 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Children Play Russian 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

King Lear 1988 (Movie)

Professor (Actor)

Chambre 666 1983 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

First Name: Carmen 1983 (Movie)

Uncle Jean (Actor)

Reporters 1980 (Movie)

(Actor)

Der Kleine Godard 1977 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Numero Deux 1975 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Letter to Jane 1971 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

La Longue marche de Jean-Luc Godard 1971 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Vladimir et Rosa 1971 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

One American Movie/1 A.M. 1970 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

1 1 1968 (Movie)

(Voice)

Made in U.S.A. 1967 (Movie)

of Richard Politzer (Voice)

The Worlds's Most Beautiful Swindles 1967 (Movie)

Narration("Le grand escroc") (Narrator)

The Worlds's Most Beautiful Swindles 1967 (Movie)

Man Wearing Moroccan Chechia (Actor)

Two or Three Things I Know About Her 1967 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Band of Outsiders 1966 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Defector 1966 (Movie)

Orlovsky's Friend (Actor)

Contempt 1964 (Movie)

Assistant Director (Actor)

My Life To Live 1963 (Movie)

Dubbed Voice of Peter Kassowitz (Actor)

Cléo de 5 à 7 1962 (Movie)

Actor in Comedy Film (Actor)

RoGoPag 1962 (Movie)

(Actor)

Breathless 1961 (Movie)

Informer (Actor)

Les Fiances du Pont Macdonald 1960 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sun In your Eyes 1960 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Sign of Leo 1960 (Movie)

(Actor)

Paris Nous Appartient 1959 (Movie)

Man in Cafe (Actor)

A Story of Water 1957 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Charlotte et son Jules 1957 (Movie)

of Jean-Paul Belmondo (Voice)

Le Coup du Berger 1955 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Une Femme Coquette 1954 (Movie)

Client (Actor)
Editor (19)

Adieu au langage 2014 (Movie)

(Editor)

Film Socialisme 2011 (Movie)

(Editor)

Soigne ta droite 2001 (Movie)

(Editor)

For Ever Mozart 1997 (Movie)

(Editor)

Germany Year 90 Nine Zero 1995 (Movie)

(Editor)

Helas Pour Moi 1994 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Children Play Russian 1993 (Movie)

(Editor)

Nouvelle Vague 1990 (Movie)

(Editor)

Aria 1988 (Movie)

("Armide") (Editor)

King Lear 1988 (Movie)

(Editor)

Hail Mary 1985 (Movie)

("Je-Vous-Salue-Marie") (Editor)

First Name: Carmen 1983 (Movie)

(Editor)

Passion 1983 (Movie)

(Editor)

Every Man For Himself 1980 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Wind From the East 1969 (Movie)

(Editor)

A Story of Water 1957 (Movie)

(Editor)

Charlotte et son Jules 1957 (Movie)

(Editor)

Une Femme Coquette 1954 (Movie)

(Editor)

Operation Concrete 1953 (Movie)

(Editor)
Producer (11)

In Praise of Love 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jlg/Jlg 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

2 X 50 Years of French Cinema 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Every Man For Himself 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)

Numero Deux 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tout va bien 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Letter to Jane 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Vladimir et Rosa 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

La Sonate a Kreutzer 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

Une Femme Coquette 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

Operation Concrete 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (1)

A Woman Is a Woman 1964 (Movie)

("Chanson d'Angela") (Song)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Une Femme Coquette 1954 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Other (2)

Lola 2001 (Movie)

(Production Consultant)

Jusqu'a la Victoire 1969 (Movie)

documentation (Other)

Biography

Few filmmakers had so profound an effect on the development of cinema as Jean-Luc Godard, certainly one of the most important and influential directors worldwide to have emerged since the end of World War II. From his early days as a critic and thinker in the pages of Cahiers du cinema, through the great age of the French New Wave of the 1960s, Godard redefined the way we look at film. An essayist and poet of the cinema, he made the language of film a real part of his narratives. Godard emerged on the international filmmaking scene with his most famous and perhaps best film, "Breathless" (1960), a celebration of the American film noir that also served as the stylistic template for the rest of the 1960s, widely considered to be his most fertile creative period. During that turbulent decade, Godard made no less than two films a year and sometime more, creating such experimental and increasingly politically-minded films as "Vivre sa vie" (My Life to Live") (1962), "Contempt" (1963), Bande à Part" ("Band of Outsiders") (1964) and "Alphaville" (1965), many of which starred his first wife, Anna Karina. After making the critically panned "Weekend" (1967), a disgruntled Godard left the filmmaking business altogether in order to make political films. Once that particular fancy waned in 1972, he entered into a transitional period of video and television projects that eventually segued into a second period of narrative filmmaking that was more experimental and inaccessible than his previous work, though some critics declared this time as being more creatively fruitful. Chief among the works was the highly controversial "Hail Mary" (1985), a contemporary retelling of the biblical Joseph and Mary story that was tagged by the Vatican as being blasphemous. Whether he was continuing his long love affair with film noir, as he did with "Detective" (1985), or overreaching with the baffling "King Lear" (1987), Godard was not only a tireless experimenter with form and context, but also synonymous with the world of cinema itself.

Relationships

Paul Godard

Father
divorced from Godard's mother in 1948

Odile Godard

Mother
divorced from Godard's father in 1948 died 1954 in automobile accident

Anna Karina

Wife
married in March 1961 divorced in 1964 appeared in a number of Godard's early features, including "Le Petit Soldat" (1960), "Vivre Sa Vie" (1962) and others

Anne-Marie Mieville

Wife
began relationship in 1973

Anne Wiazemsky

Wife
began relationship in 1967 married in 1967 appeared in Godard's film "La Chinoise" (1967) divorced

EDUCATION

attended school in Nyon, Switzerland

Lycee Buffon

Paris

Sorbonne, University of Paris

Paris 1949

Milestones

2011

Featured in the documentary "Marcel Ophuls et Jean-Luc Godard, La rencontre de St-Gervais"

2010

Directed and co-wrote a film composed of three movements, "Film Socialisme"; premiered at Cannes

2004

Wrote and directed the war drama "Notre musique"

2004

Wrote and directed the documentary "Moments choisis des histoire(s) du cinéma"; also produced

2001

Directed "Eloge d'amour/In Praise of Love"; screened at Cannes

2000

Commissioned by the Cannes Film Festival; wrote and directed documentary short "De l'origine du XXIe siècle"

1997

Directed several videos for TV under the umbrella title "Histoire du cinema"

1996

Directed, edited and scripted "Forever Mozart"

1994

Produced, scripted, directed and appeared in the pseudo-biographical "JLG/JLG – Autoportrait de Decembre"

1991

Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender form production company A Band Apart, named after Godard's 1964 film "Bande à part/Band of Outsiders"

1989

Began a multi-part video project, "Histoire(s) du cinema/History of the Cinema"

1987

Directed an odd assortment of performers (including Norman Mailer, Woody Allen and Molly Ringwald) in an excessive updating of Shakespeare's "King Lear"

1987

Helmed TV commercials for a line of jeans

1985

Wrote and directed "Je vous salue, Marie/Hail Mary"

1983

Earned international acclaim for "Prenom: Carmen"

1980

Returned to feature films with "Sauve qui peut (la vie)"

1968

Formed Dziga-Vertov Group (with Jean-Pierre Gorin and others)

1968

Garnered attention for championing Henri Langlois who had been fired as director of the Cinematheque

1967

Directed "Le Weekend", which marked a transitional point in his career; subsequent work was first more politicized (1968-72) and then more experimental (1973)

1964

With then-wife Anna Karina, formed Anouchka Films

1960

Feature directorial debut, "A Bout de Souffle/Breathless"; film considered one of the first and most influential films of French New Wave

1959

Wrote gossip column "Temps de Paris"

1958

First public screening of "Operation beton"

1957

Briefly worked in the publicity department for 20th Century-Fox in Paris

1957

Hired as press attache for Artistes Associes

1956

Wrote film reviews for Arts

1955

First short fiction film (as Hans Lucas) "Une Femme Coquette"

1954

First short documentary as director "Operation Beton" ("Operation Concrete")

1952

Traveled to North America and South America and began work on first film (never completed)

1952

Wrote for Cahiers du Cinema

1950

Co-founded Gazette du Cinema; first article published under pseudonym "Hans Lucas"

1950

Film acting debut in "Quadrille" (helped finance; experimental short by Jacques Rivette)

Became naturalized Swiss citizen during WWII

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