Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

24 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

    Criterion Collection Edition #408

    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 inspired him as a writer for “Cahiers du cinèma.” With its lack of polis...

  • A Woman Is a Woman

    Episode 4

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1961 • France
    Starring Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean-Claude Brialy

    With A WOMAN IS A WOMAN, compulsively innovative director Jean-Luc Godard presents “a neorealist musical—that is, a contradiction in terms.” Featuring French superstars Anna Karina, Jean-Paul...

  • Vivre sa vie

    Episode 5

    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...

  • Contempt

    Episode 6

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1963 • France
    Starring Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance

    Jean-Luc Godard’s subversive foray into commercial filmmaking is a star-studded Cinemascope epic. CONTEMPT stars Michel Piccoli as a screenwriter torn between the demands of a proud European direct...

  • Le petit soldat

    Episode 7

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1963 • France

    Jean-Luc Godard's second feature film focuses on a pair of young lovers who belong to opposing terrorist groups during the Algerian war.

  • A Married Woman

    Episode 8

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1964 • France
    Starring Bernard Noël, Macha Méril, Philippe Leroy

    Legendary French New Wave auteur Jean-Luc Godard reverses the standard love triangle and challenges the influence of consumer culture in one of his most provocative dissections of modern life. Charlot...

  • Band of Outsiders

    Episode 9

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1964 • France
    Starring Anna Karina, Sami Frey, Claude Brasseur

    Four years after BREATHLESS, Jean-Luc Godard reimagined the gangster film even more radically with BAND OF OUTSIDERS. In it, two restless young men (Sami Frey and Claude Brasseur) enlist the object of bo...

  • Pierrot le fou

    Episode 10

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1965 • France
    Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, Graziella Galvani

    Dissatisfied in marriage and life, Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo) takes to the road with the babysitter, his ex-lover Marianne Renoir (Anna Karina), and leaves the bourgeois world behind. Yet ...

  • Alphaville

    Episode 11

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1965 • France
    Starring Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff

    A cockeyed fusion of science fiction, pulp characters, and surrealist poetry, Godard’s irreverent journey to the mysterious Alphaville remains one of the least conventional films of all time. Eddie...

  • Made in U.S.A

    Episode 12

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1966 • France
    Starring Anna Karina, Marianne Faithfull, Jean-Pierre Léaud

    With its giddily complex noir plot and color-drenched widescreen images, MADE IN U.S.A was a final burst of exuberance from Jean-Luc Godard’s early sixties barrage of delirious movie-movies. Y...

  • Masculin féminin

    Episode 13

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1966 • France

    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 affairs with music, revolution, and each other. French new w...

  • 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

    Episode 14

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1967 • France

    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, language, war: in a word, everything. Among the legendary...

  • La Chinoise

    Episode 15

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1967 • France
    Starring Anne Wiazemsky, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Juliet Berto

    LA CHINOISE is a pop-art masterpiece by Jean-Luc Godard that both channels and parodies the revolutionary energies of Paris youth in 1967. Disillusioned by their suburban lifestyles, a group of m...

  • Weekend
    1:44:07
    Episode 16

    Weekend

    Episode 16

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1967 • France

    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 civilization crashes and burns aro...

  • Le gai savoir

    Episode 17

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1969 • France
    Starring Juliet Berto, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Jean-Luc Godard

    Alone in an abandoned television studio, two militants, Émile Rousseau (Jean-Pierre Leaud) and Patricia Lumumba (Juliet Berto), have a discourse on language. Referring to the spoken word as “the...

  • Tout va bien

    Episode 18

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin • 1972 • France, Italy

    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 in Tout va bien (Everything's All R...

  • Every Man for Himself

    Episode 19

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1980 • France

    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 defiantly intellectual and formally cutting-edge. EVERY MAN FOR H...

  • Hail Mary
    1:47:46
    Episode 20

    Hail Mary

    Episode 20

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1985 • France
    Starring Myriem Roussel, Thierry Rode, Philippe Lacoste

    Denounced by the Pope and banned and boycotted worldwide, this surprisingly serene and lyrical work translates the virgin birth into tangible contemporary terms, with Mary as a basketball-playing...

  • For Ever Mozart

    Episode 21

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1996 • France
    Starring Madeleine Assas, Ghalia Lacroix, Frédéric Pierrot

    Jean-Luc Godard's densely packed rumination on the need to create order and beauty in a world ruled by chaos is divided into four distinct but tangentially related stories, including the attem...

  • Film socialisme

    Episode 22

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 2010 • France
    Starring Catherine Tanvier, Christian Sinniger, Jean-Marc Stehlé

    Legendary director Jean-Luc Godard’s FILM SOCIALISME is a remarkable and provocative essay on the state of Mediterranean life, culture, and history. It is split into three parts, the firs...

  • Goodbye to Language

    Episode 23

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 2014 • France
    Starring Héloïse Godet, Kamel Abdelli, Richard Chevallier

    Winner of the jury prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE is a triumphant masterpiece from Jean-Luc Godard. Using technology to mind-bending effect, the film follows a coupl...

  • The Image Book

    Episode 24

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 2018 • Switzerland, France

    “The legendary Jean-Luc Godard adds to his influential, iconoclastic legacy with this provocative collage film essay, a vast ontological inquiry into the history of the moving image and a commentary on the contemporary world . . . Displayi...