... Beginning with his groundbreaking 1959 feature debut, "A Bout de Souffle" ["Breathless"], Godard revolutionized the motion picture form, freeing the medium from the shackles of its long-accepted cinematic language by rewriting the rules of narrative, continuity, sound, and camera work. Later in his career, he also challenged the common means of feature production, distribution, and exhibition, all in an effort to subvert the conventions of the Hollywood formula to create a new kind of film ...
Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930 ... he studied ethnology at the Sorbonne, but spent the vast majority of his days at the Cine-Club du Quartier Latin, where he first met ... Francois Truffaut and Jacques Rivette ... In 1959, Godard embarked on his feature debut, A Bout de Souffle (Breathless) ... the picture helped establish the emergence of what was dubbed the French New Wave ...
Beginning in 1968, Godard's so-called "radical" period emerged ... Godard continued to turn out a film or two a year, even into his late 70s and early 80s ... Godard's 2011 Film Socialismenot only wandered even farther from conventional cinematic narrative than anything else in his prior catalogue, but demonstrated his perverse crypticism in another way: he included English-language subtitles that reflected nothing of the actual dialogue being spoken in the film - making the movie, for some, almost completely incoherent.
Jean-Luc Godard, NewWaveFilm.com
Selected Films by Jean-Luc Godard:
2010 Film socialisme
1986 Meeting Woody Allen (documentary short)
1982 Godard's Passion
1965 Pierrot le Fou
1964 Band of Outsiders