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Jean-Luc Godard
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Birth Date: December 03, 1930
Job: Director, Writer, Producer
Country: France

Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children in a bourgeois Franco-Swiss family. His father was a doctor who owned a private clinic, and his mother came from an preeminent family of Swiss bankers. During World War II, Godard became a naturalized citizen of Switz rland, and attended the school in Lyons. His parents divorced in 1948, at which time he returned to Paris to attend the Lyc? Rohmer. In 1949, he studied at the Sorbonne to prepare for a degree in ethnology. However, it was during this time that he began attending the 'cin?club' and the cin?ath?ue in the Latin Quarter, where he made friends with 'Andr?Bazin', Fran?is Truffaut, Jacques Rivette, and Eric Rohmer. In 1950, Godard with Rivette and Rohmer founded a "Gazette du cin?a", which published five issues between May and November. He wrote a number of articles for the journal, often using the pseudonym 'Hans Lucas'. After working on and financing two films by Rivette and Rohmer, Godard's family cut off their financial support in 1951, and he resorted to a Bohemian lifestyle that included stealing food and money when necessary. In January 1952 he began writing film criticism for 'Les cahiers du cin?a'. Later that year he traveled to North and South America with his father, and attempted to make his first film (of which only a tracking shot from a car was ever accomplished). In 1953, he returned to Paris briefly before acquiring a job as a construction worker on a dam project in Switzerland. With the money from the job, he made a short film in 1954 about the building of the dam called Op?ation b?on (1954) (Operation Concrete). Later that year, Godard's mother was killed in a motor scooter accident in Switzerland. In 1956, Godard began writing again for 'Les cahiers du cin?a' as well as for the journal "Arts". In 1957, Godard worked as the press attache for "Artistes Associ?", and made his first French film entitled _Tous les gar?ns s'appellent Patrick (1957) (Charlotte et V?onique). In 1958, he shot Charlotte et son Jules (1960) (Charlotte and Her Boyfriend), his own homage to Jean Cocteau. Later that year, he took unused footage of a flood in Paris shot by Truffaut and edited a film called Une histoire d'eau (1961) (A Story of Water) which was an homage to Mack Sennett. In 1959, he worked with Truffaut on the weekly publication "Temps de Paris". Godard wrote a gossip column for the journal, but also spent much time writing scenarios for films and a body of critical writings which placed him firmly in the forefront of the 'nouvelle vague' aesthetic, precursing the French New Wave. It was also this year that Godard began work on ?bout de souffle (1960) (Breathless). In 1960, Godard married Anna Karina in Switzerland. In April and May, he shot Petit soldat, Le (1963) in Geneva and was preparing the film for a fall release in Paris. However, French censors banned the film due to its references to the Algerian war, and it was not shown until 1963. In March, 1960, ?bout de souffle (1960) premiered in Paris. It was hugely successful both with the film critics and at the box office, and became a landmark film in the French New Wave with its references to American cinema, its jagged editing, and overall romantic/cinephilia approach to filmmaking. The film propelled the popularity of the male lead Jean-Paul Belmondo with European audiences. In 1961, Godard shot Une femme est une femme (1961) which was his first film using color wide-screen stock. Later that year, he participated in the collective effort to remake the film Sept p?h? capitaux, Les (1962), which was heralded as an important project in artistic collaboration. In 1962, Godard shot Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux (1962) in Paris, his first commercial success since ?bout de souffle (1960). Later that year, he shot a segment entitled Le Nouveau Monde for the collective film RoGoPaG, another important work in the history of collaborative multiple-authored art. In 1963, Godard completed a film in homage to Jean Vigo entitled Carabiniers, Les (1963) which was a breath-taking failure with the public and stirred furious controversy with film critics. Also this year, he worked on a couple of collective films: Plus belles escroqueries du monde, Les (1964) (from which Godard's sequence was later cut) and Paris vu par... (1965). In 1964, Godard and his wife Anna Karina formed their own production company called 'Anouchka Films.' They shot a film called Une femme mari? (1964) which censors forced them to re-edit due to a topless sunbathing scene shot by Jacques Rozier. The censors also made Godard change the title to Une femme mari? (1964) so as to not give the impression that this 'scandalous' woman was the typical French wife. Later in the year, two French television programs were produced in devotion to Godard's work. In the spring of 1965, Godard shot Alphaville, une ?range aventure de Lemmy Caution (1965) in Paris; in the summer, he shot Pierrot le fou (1965) in Paris and the south of France; shortly thereafter, he and Anna Karina separated. Following their divorce, Godard shot the film Masculin, f?inin (1966) amidst the upheaval of two rounds of Gaulist elections. This film marked a more politically active bearing for Godard. In 1966, Godard made a number of films including Made in U.S.A. (1966), _Deux ou trois choses que je sais d'elle (1966), L'amour en l'an 2000 (sequel to Alphaville shot as a sketch for the collective film L'amour travers les ages). In 1967, Godard shot Chinoise, La (1967) in Paris with the actress Anne Wiazemsky, who was the granddaughter of the French novelist Fran?is Mauriac. During the making of the film, Godard and Wiazemsky were married in Paris. Later in the year, he was prevented from traveling to North Vietnam for the shooting of a sequence for the collective film Loin du Vietnam (1967). He instead shot the sequence in Paris, entitled Camera-Oeil. Also during 1967, Godard participated (as the only Frenchman) on an Italian collective film called Amore e rabbia (1969). In 1968, Godard was commissioned by French television to make the film Gai savoir, Le (1968). However, television producers were outraged by the product Godard produced, and they refused to show it. In May of 1968, Godard was furious with the firing of Henri Langlois as the head of the French 'Cin?ath?ue' and he left the group with Jean-Pierre Gorin to form the 'Dziga-Vertov' group. Godard became increasingly concerned with socialist solutions to an idealist cinema, especially in providing the proletariat with the means of production and distribution. Along with other militantly political filmmakers in the Dziga-Vertov group, Godard published a series of 'Cin?Tracts' outlining these viewpoints. In the Summer of 1968, Godard travelled to New York City and Berkeley California to shoot the film One American Movie, which was never completed. In September he made a trip to Canada to start another film called Communication(s) which was also left unfinished, and then made a visit to Cuba before returning to France. In 1969, Godard traveled to England where he made the film British Sounds for BBC Weekend Television, which later refused to show it. In the late Spring he traveled with the Dziga-Vertov group to Prague to secretly shoot the film Pravda. Later that year he shot Lotte in Italia (Struggle for Italy) for Italian television. It was never shown. In 1970, Godard traveled to Lebanon to shoot a film for the Palestinian Liberation Organization entitled Jusque ?la victoire (Until Victory). Later that year he traveled to dozens of American universities trying to raise money for the film. In spite of his efforts, it was never released.   

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