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his ten most famous films, showing all his genius

French filmmaker icon, Jean-Luc Godard He was one of the main architects of the Nouvelle Vague, he laid the foundations for political cinema in the middle of May 1968, and he was a pioneer of television, video or the video-essay format.

In his beginnings he was a film critic, he admired classic American cinema, he was a true socialist filmmaker and in his last years he was known as a revolutionary hermit. He used all the tools of cinema, its forms and themes, to modify them and find something new from them.. And after finding it, she returned to look for a way to reverse them.

Jean Luc Godard.

Jean Luc Godard.

If short films, documentaries, cinema, television and co-directions are added, Godard’s filmography as a director he has about 99 titles. Here are the ten best-known films of his.

Breathless (1960)

Breathless, with Jean-Paul Belmondo.

Breathless, with Jean-Paul Belmondo.

Foundational film of the Nouvelle Vague and icon of cinematographic modernity. Here, Jean-Paul Belmondo is a gangster. in the style of American film noir. He lives a story with a newspaper seller (Jean Seberg). There are cuts within the shot, axis changes, shooting in the middle of the street and a storm of impressive ideas.

The Contempt (1963)

Contempt, with Michel Piccoli and Brigitte Bardot.

Contempt, with Michel Piccoli and Brigitte Bardot.

Michel Piccoli and Brigitte Bardot are a marriage in crisis which works as a reflection and confession of the filmmaker himself and his partner at the time, Anna Karina, who assures that it includes literal phrases taken from his mouth and placed in Bardot’s. An essay about the destruction of love and a filmmaker in crisis who begins to rethink everything.

Band Aside (1962)

separate band

separate band

Currently it is always mentioned as the film that gives its name to Tarantino’s production company (Band of Outsiders). It has iconic scenes like the minute of silence, the dance in the bar or the tour of the Louvre in record time. The script works as a great summary of the recurring themes of the Nouvelle Vague, protagonists united by some cultural mania (in this case criminal literature) and a love triangle.

Pierrot the Mad (1965)

Pierrot the mad

Pierrot the mad

According to film critics, this film marks the end of the Nouvelle Vague. With Jean-Paul Belmondo in gangster style, once again, but the action moves from the city to the coast, from documentary black and white to excess color, from Jean Seberg to Anna Karina.

Alphaville (1965)

Alphaville

Alphaville

Alphaville is a futuristic city located on another planet, where the journalist Ivan Johnson arrives, following the trail of Professor Von Braun. The other agents who have preceded him, Dick Tracy and Flash Gordon, have died. Von Braun, nicknamed Nosferatu, is the creator of Alpha 60, the machine that commands the mental life of the city’s inhabitants.

Live Your Life (1962)

Live your life

Live your life

For Godard’s admirers, the scene of Anna Karina crying in the cinema while watching The Passion of Joan of Arc Dreyer’s is the most beautiful close-up in the history of cinema. Godard’s first great muse (and partner) is here a prostitute with a tragic end in one of the most bitter, exciting and emotional stories of the great director.

La Chinoise (1967)

La Chinoise

La Chinoise

Already separated from Anna Karina, Godard joins his second wife and muse (Anne Wiazemsky) in her momentary farewell to individual cinema, before joining an artistic collective. The story shows the student revolution of May 68 and the social breeding ground that gave rise to the movement.

Cinema Story(s) (1988)

history of cinema

history of cinema

A video-essay made from infinite fragments of films, as a capricious reflection on the history of cinema. Divided into several parts and with voices like those of Binoche, Julie Delpy or Godard himself, the filmmaker reflects from his home in Switzerland on the seventh art. It lasts more than four hours.

Film Socialisme (2010)

film socialism

film socialism

Cinema experimental, a symphony in three movements where various characters, such as a war criminal, a Moscow policeman, Patti Smith and a Palestinian ambassador, talk about various topics. Another part shows a girl and her parents, talking about freedom and equality. And in the end she travels to different places that are the scene of true and false legends, such as Barcelona, ​​Naples, Odessa and Egypt.

The Picture Book (2018)

the picture book

the picture book

To reward it, the Cannes Festival created a special Palme d’Or for this unclassifiable film, a mixture of Historie(s) du cinema and Film Socialista. He made it at the age of 88, tirelessly exploring cinema, diving, deforming and transforming dozens of films and texts. A walk through his mind, always fascinating.

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