Jean-Luc Godard

1930 - Today

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Jean-Luc Godard (UK: GOD-ar, US: goh-DAR; French: [ʒɑ̃ lyk ɡɔdaʁ]; born 3 December 1930) is a French-Swiss film director, screenwriter and film critic. He rose to prominence as a pioneer of the 1960s French New Wave film movement, and is arguably the most influential French filmmaker of the post-war era. According to AllMovie, his work "revolutionized the motion picture form" through its experimentation with narrative, continuity, sound, and camerawork.During his early career as a film critic for the influential magazine Cahiers du Cinéma, Godard criticized mainstream French cinema's "Tradition of Quality", which emphasized established convention over innovation and experimentation. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean-Luc Godard has received more than 3,121,488 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). Jean-Luc Godard is the 21st most popular film director (down from 16th in 2019), the 199th most popular biography from France (down from 169th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular French Film Director.

Jean-Luc Godard is most famous for his innovative and influential filmmaking style, which includes the use of jump cuts, hand-held cameras, and natural lighting.

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Among film directors, Jean-Luc Godard ranks 21 out of 1,580Before him are Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ridley Scott, Leni Riefenstahl, Luchino Visconti, Luis Buñuel, and Miloš Forman. After him are Bernardo Bertolucci, Georges Méliès, Konstantin Stanislavski, François Truffaut, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Pedro Almodóvar.

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Among people born in 1930, Jean-Luc Godard ranks 13Before him are George Soros, Pierre Bourdieu, Helmut Kohl, Steve McQueen, Hafez al-Assad, and Jacques Derrida. After him are Ray Charles, Buzz Aldrin, Mobutu Sese Seko, Salvatore Riina, Gene Hackman, and Baudouin of Belgium.

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Among people born in France, Jean-Luc Godard ranks 199 out of 5,234Before him are Henry II of England (1133), Cyrano de Bergerac (1619), Jean Racine (1639), Margaret of Valois (1553), François-René de Chateaubriand (1768), and Gustave Le Bon (1841). After him are Louis, Grand Dauphin (1661), Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon (1635), John II of France (1319), Augustin-Louis Cauchy (1789), Guy of Lusignan (1150), and Joseph Bonaparte (1768).


Among film directors born in France, Jean-Luc Godard ranks 2Before him are Roman Polanski (1933). After him are Georges Méliès (1861), François Truffaut (1932), Jacques Tati (1907), Éric Rohmer (1920), Roger Vadim (1928), William Wyler (1902), Claude Chabrol (1930), Alain Resnais (1922), Luc Besson (1959), and Jean-Jacques Annaud (1943).