Death of Jean-Luc Godard: French President Emmanuel Macron pays tribute to the ‘iconoclastic’ filmmaker

French President Emmanuel Macron has led tributes to Jean-Luc Godard after the revered filmmaker died aged 91.

News of Godard’s death was first reported by the French newspaper Liberation.

Godard was known for directing a number of radical, medium-changing films in the 1960s, including his feature film debut Breathless and Alphaville.

Alongside contemporaries such as Éric Rohmer, Jacques Rivette and François Truffaut, Paris-born Godard was a central figure in the New Wavean experimental film movement that emerged in France in the late 1950s.

Several of his films are frequently cited as the greatest films of all time.

Alongside a black-and-white photo of “iconoclast” Godard, Macron’s tribute said: “It was like an apparition in French cinema. Then he became champion.

“Jean-Luc Godard, the most iconoclastic New Wave filmmaker, had invented a resolutely modern, utterly free art. We have lost a national treasure, one that ranks as a genius.”

The national secretary of the French Communist Party, Fabien Roussel, paid tribute to the filmmaker’s legacy in a Twitter post: “Jean-Luc Godard, who made films like no other, has left us.

“How disgusting is that?” he continued, referring to a famous dialogue in Breathlessand added: “The death of a creator.”

baby driver Director Edgar Wright paid tribute to Godard in a Twitter post that read, “RIP Jean-Luc Godard, one of the most influential, iconoclastic filmmakers of all.

“It was ironic that he himself adored the Hollywood studios film system, since perhaps no other director inspired so many people to just pick up a camera and start shooting…”

The British Film Institute (BFI) said “Farewell to a giant of cinema who tore up the rule book”.

“From Breathless onwards, he pushed the boundaries of the medium,” the statement continues.

BBC News Culture editor Katie Razzall tweeted: “RIP, the revolutionary, the iconoclast, the master of French cinema, Jean-Luc Godard.”

Chief Content Officer for North America and the UKtime out, Dave Calhoun’s tribute to Godard read: “Things got mixed up for seven decades. Genius. troublemaker. Often confusing. Always demands that you stop and pay attention. REST IN PEACE.”

Writer Matt Kennard recalled “the greatest” director in a tweet that read, “He changed everything on film.”

In his tribute to the director, writer, and editor, Lee Zachariah noted that his “early works are practically unparalleled.”

He continued: “Breathless was my entry into the French New Wave, which inspired me to always order dessert, pretend I needed a newspaper, and then skip the bill. REST IN PEACE.” Death of Jean-Luc Godard: French President Emmanuel Macron pays tribute to the ‘iconoclastic’ filmmaker


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