Influential critic and filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard died peacefully surrounded by loved ones at his home in the Swiss town of Rolles on the shores of Lake Geneva, his family said in a statement.
Godard, 91, had multiple medical conditions and died of an assisted suicide, according to a statement from his family.
The French new wave director and once a “terrible kid” revolutionized popular cinema in the 1960s and spent the rest of his career pushing boundaries and reinventing the form of cinema. spent on
Critic’s Picks: The Best Films of Jean-Luc Godard
His works—political thrillers, musical comedies, romantic melodramas, sci-fi—often his one or more a year—moved at the pace of his thought, transforming familiar genres into intimate confessions and cinematic forms. into a wild laboratory of aesthetic pleasures and sensations. provocation. As collage-rich as quotes and allusions, he packed his own world of ideas into the film, casting the people in his life as actors, stars, or icons. He worked quickly and hinted at the latest events. But it wasn’t just the news that his films seemed to represent the times.
It was the shock of something new that audiences welcomed in Godard’s first feature film, his 1960 crime drama Breathless.
Frankly, compiling a list of Jean-Luc Godard’s top five films is an exercise, if not a waste, from cinematic angst. The new wave director, who died on Tuesday at the age of 91, has directed more than 70 fiction, documentaries, shorts and television films, at least 20 of which he has won over French film critics, fans and aficionados. Considered a masterpiece by the house. Some Godard aficionados think that everything he made was brilliant, to such an extent that evaluating his work would quickly draw out his share of haters and snobs.