Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

10 Episodes

At the vanguard of international filmmaking for six decades and counting, French New Wave titan Jean-Luc Godard has exerted an incalculable influence on modern cinema that refuses to wane. With his groundbreaking 1960 debut feature, BREATHLESS, Godard merged elements of high and low culture with an anything-goes abandon that set the template for generations of filmmakers. It marked the beginning of an explosively innovative decade that witnessed his output grow increasingly radical, both aesthetically (VIVRE SA VIE, CONTEMPT, ALPHAVILLE) and politically (PIERROT LE FOU, LA CHINOISE, WEEKEND), until by 1968 he had forsworn commercial cinema altogether, forming a leftist filmmaking collective (the Dziga Vertov Group) and producing films like the scathing anticapitalist screed TOUT VA BIEN. Eternally on the cutting edge, Godard has recently explored the outermost possibilities of digital filmmaking in visually and philosophically adventurous works like GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE and THE IMAGE BOOK, confirming his status as our greatest lyricist on historical trauma, religion, and the legacy of cinema.

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Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
  • Directed by Jean-Luc Godard Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Godard on Godard

    Episode 2

    The defining voice of the French New Wave discusses his iconoclastic, ever-evolving approach to filmmaking in this selection of archival interviews.

  • Breathless

    Episode 3

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • France • 1960
    Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger

    There was before BREATHLESS, and there was after BREATHLESS. Jean-Luc Godard burst onto the film scene in 1960 with this jazzy, free-form, and sexy homage to the American film genres that inspi...

  • Vivre sa vie

    Episode 4

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1962 • France

    Vivre sa vie was a turning point for Jean-Luc Godard and remains one of his most dynamic films, combining brilliant visual design with a tragic character study. The lovely Anna Karina, Godard's greatest muse, plays Nana, a young Parisian who aspires to...

  • Le petit soldat

    Episode 5

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1963 • France
    Starring Michel Subor, Anna Karina, Henri-Jacques Huet

    Before his convention-shattering debut, BREATHLESS, had even premiered, Jean-Luc Godard leapt into the making of his second feature, a thriller that would tackle the most controversial subject in F...

  • Masculin féminin

    Episode 6

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1966 • France
    Starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Chantal Goya, Marlène Jobert

    With MASCULIN FÉMININ, ruthless stylist and iconoclast Jean-Luc Godard introduces the world to “the children of Marx and Coca-Cola,” through a gang of restless youths engaged in hopeless love aff...

  • 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

    Episode 7

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1967 • France
    Starring Marina Vlady, Anny Duperey, Joseph Gerhard

    In 2 OR 3 THINGS I KNOW ABOUT HER (2 OU 3 CHOSES QUE JE SAIS D’ELLE), Jean-Luc Godard beckons us ever closer, whispering in our ears as narrator. About what? Money, sex, fashion, the city, love, langu...

  • Weekend
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    Episode 8

    Weekend

    Episode 8

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1967 • France
    Starring Mireille Darc, Jean Yanne

    This scathing late-sixties satire from Jean-Luc Godard is one of cinema’s great anarchic works. Determined to collect an inheritance from a dying relative, a bourgeois couple travel across the French countryside while...

  • Tout va bien

    Episode 9

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin • 1972 • France, Italy
    Starring Jane Fonda, Yves Montand

    In 1972, newly radicalized Hollywood star Jane Fonda joined forces with cinematic innovator Jean-Luc Godard and collaborator Jean-Pierre Gorin in an unholy artistic alliance that resulted i...

  • Every Man for Himself

    Episode 10

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1980 • France
    Starring Isabelle Huppert, Jacques Dutronc, Nathalie Baye

    After a decade in the wilds of avant-garde and early video experimentation, Jean-Luc Godard returned to commercial cinema with this star-driven work of social commentary, while remaining defiant...