For this Friday spotlight we’ve chosen a French film director: Jean-Luc Godard.
Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris (France) in 1930 into a very rich family. He attended the Sorbone University studying ethnology where he ended his studies in 1949. He is considered one of the most important representatives of the French film movement “Nouvelle Vague” (“New Wave”), as well as one of the most significant filmmakers of the international cinema. There are no particular reasons why he decided to become a film director, he just makes films “to make time pass” (as Godard explained). So while making the time to pass, he directed a huge number of films (features and shorts). “Every edit is a lie” said the honest and innovative Godard who decided to express his deepest feelings and thoughts through his films. He received the Golden Lion Honorary Award in 1982 and in 2010 he also got the prestigious Academy Honorary Award “For passion. For confrontation. For a new kind of cinema.”
“All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl”: that’s what exactly Godard thought and did with his first feature film “À bout de soufflé” (BREATHLESS). The film is about a rebel boy without any feelings and any ambition who spends his time between pleasure and underworld. Thanks to the originality of the film Godard got the Prix Jean Vigo in 1960.
Godard’s masterpiece is “Bande à part” (BAND OF OUTSIDERS), which is considered by critics the maximum expression of Nouvelle Vague. The film is about two friends who meet a girl who will change their life. After that Godard changed his view of films by thinking that it was “time to stop making movies about politics and to start making films politically”.
Another Godard’s famous film is “Prénom Carmen” (FIRST NAME: CARMEN). The film is about a complicated love story between a man and a girl who met and loved each other in a very strange way. What the filmmaker wanted to show is what life and cinema are: “robbery , violence , love, hate , action and death”. Appreciated by critics and audience, the film won the Golden Lion at the 1983 Venice Film Festival.
“A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order”: “be free and live your life as you want and not as it should be” is our Friday message. If you like creating messy stories don’t hesitate to let us know your freedom by submitting films at ÉCU.