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RIP Jean-Luc Godard: French director Jean-Luc Godard is no more, started experimentation in cinema

Geneva. Renowned French film director Jean-Luc Godard is no more. in the sixties Jean-Luc Godard, who started revolutionary changes in cinema with his debut film ‘Breathless’ passed away. He was 91 years old. According to the Swiss news agency ATS, Goddard’s partner Anne-Marie Miville and his producers told that his family was with him when he breathed his last at their home in Lake Geneva on Tuesday.

Jean-Luc Godard was battling many diseases. That’s why his death is being called ‘Associated Suicide’. According to BBC report Government allows ‘voluntary death’ in special circumstances in Switzerland, Goddard’s legal adviser, Patrick Jeanneret, told AFP news agency that the French film director was suffering from a variety of serious and unusual ailments. On the basis of the medical report, he had taken permission from the government for ‘voluntary death’.

Born in Paris in 1930
Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on 3 December 1930 to an affluent French-Swiss family. Although he was raised in Nyon, Switzerland. He received education in anthropology from the Sorbonne University in Paris. After the Second World War, he became inclined towards the cultural scene of the cine club Latin Quarters. He befriended major directors such as Francis Truffaut, Jacques Rivette and Eric Rohmer. By the year 1952, he started writing in the prestigious film magazine ‘Cahiers du Cinema’.

Started career as a film critic
Jean-Luc Godard began his career as a film critic in the 1950s. He will be remembered as the one who ushered in a new era in the world of out-of-the-box cinema. He coined new rules of camera, sound and storytelling i.e. telling the story of the film. Goddard made many such films that were politically sensitive and experimental. Those films would have pleased very few people outside his small group of fans. Many critics did not like his extreme intelligence. His films are ‘My Life to Live’, ‘Alphaville’, ‘Crazy Pete’, ‘The Little Soldier’ etc. Later, he was recognized as a person who did not compromise with the leftist political outlook.

French President expressed grief
French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute, saying Goddard was “one of the most challenging of conservatism among the directors of the new wave”. He pioneered a completely modern, very open art form.’ Macron said, ‘We have been stripped of our national heritage…’. On the other hand, Thierry Fremoux, director of the Cannes Film Festival, told the AP on Tuesday that he was deeply saddened to hear of Goddard’s passing. Jean-Paul Belmondo became the star of Goddard’s films. Her controversial film Haley Mary came into limelight when Pope John Paul II condemned her in 1985. (with language input)

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