Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

2 Seasons

At the vanguard of international filmmaking for six decades, French New Wave titan Jean-Luc Godard 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 spent the final years of his career exploring 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
  • Godard 1980

    Episode 1

    Directed by Jon Jost, Donald Ranvaud, and Peter Wollen • 1980 • United Kingdom

    The following short film from 1980, featuring director Jean-Luc Godard, was made by Jon Jost, Don Ranvaud, and Peter Wollen, in association with the magazine “Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media.”

  • Jean-Luc Godard on LE PETIT SOLDAT

    Episode 2

    In this segment from a 1965 interview with Jean-Luc Godard, the director discusses LE PETIT SOLDAT and its reception.

  • Godard & Truffaut vous parlent

    Episode 3

    This filmed 1968 announcement with filmmakers Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut was made to appeal for support for Cinémathèque française director Henri Langlois during the “Langlois Affair.”

  • Jean-Luc Godard on the Set of MASCULIN FÉMININ

    Episode 4

    MASCULIN FÉMININ was a coproduction of director Jean-Luc Godard’s Anouchka Films and the Swedish firm Sandrews Films. The “film within the film,” said by many to be a parody of Ingmar Bergman’s THE SILENCE (1963), was shot by Godard in Sweden. In this archival footage, a Swedish television crew v...

  • Jean-Luc Godard on “The Dick Cavett Show,” 1980

    Episode 5

    In October 1980, director Jean-Luc Godard appeared on two episodes of “The Dick Cavett Show” to promote the U.S. release of EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF. Presented here, in their entirety, are those two episodes.

  • Gideon Bachmann and Jean-Luc Godard

    Episode 6

    Presented here is an audio interview with director Jean-Luc Godard. Conducted by film critic Gideon Bachmann in 1961, it covers Godard’s time as a critic for “Cahiers du cinéma,” the state of French filmmaking, and LE PETIT SOLDAT.

  • Cannes 1968

    Episode 7

    Presented here is an excerpt from Cannes 1968, Sélim Sasson’s newsreel covering filmmaker François Truffaut’s call to shut down the Cannes Film Festival in May 1968. Roman Polanski, Louis Malle, and Jean-Luc Godard were also present.