Jean-Luc Godard at TIFF: A Primer on the Influential French Filmmaker

by Peter D. Marshall

by Rick Mele.

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As one of the pioneers of the French New Wave in the 1960s, Jean-Luc Godard has left an indelible mark on the world of cinema and generations of filmmakers who followed him. And so, despite a career spent breaking the rules and challenging convention, the revolutionary filmmaker earned a spot in cinema’s pantheon of directors, alongside names like Hitchcock, Welles, Kubrick, Kurosawa, Bergman, and Fellini.

But for those same reasons (that Godard made films that rejected traditional narratives and style), his work may not be as familiar to mainstream audiences as to hardcore cinephiles. With the TIFF Bell Lightbox beginning a two-part retrospective on Godard on January 23, however, now’s the perfect time to rectify that oversight. So, to help get you prepped to discover (or re-discover) Godard’s work, here’s a primer on who the French director is and why he’s such an influential figure in the film world.

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