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Jean-Luc Godard

Cinema’s perpetual provocateur has been inciting audiences for over half a century. From his early shorts to his most recent feature, we chart the advances of film's most enduring revolutionary.

Here you’ll find examples from the many milestones of his career, from the daring insouciance of Breathless to the discursive complexity of his 2 x 50 Years of French Cinema, and the playful poetry of his 2014 critical comeback, Goodbye to Language.

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Jean-Luc Godard
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Pierrot le Fou
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Pierrot le Fou 1965 15

Godard’s stunning, colour widescreen account of the wild journey of ‘the last romantic couple’, Pierrot (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and his lover Marianne (Karina).

110 mins France Director. Jean-Luc Godard

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Une Femme est une femme 1961 PG

Godard’s colourful and exuberant tribute to the Hollywood musical, with Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo, and Jean-Claude Brialy.

81 mins France Director. Jean-Luc Godard

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Alphaville
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Alphaville 1965 12

Jean-Luc Godard’s venture into sci-fi pits secret agent Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) on a mission to destroy the malevolent supercomputer, Alpha 60.

99 mins France Director. Jean-Luc Godard

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Breathless / À bout de souffle 1960 PG

Jean-Luc Godard’s extraordinary debut feature, an insouciant and iconoclastic crime film that paved the way for the French New Wave.

90 mins France Director. Jean-Luc Godard

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Le Mépris

Le Mépris 1963 15

Jean-Luc Godard’s caustic look at compromised creativity in the filmmaking world has superb images, music and acting from Piccoli, Bardot and Palance

103 mins France Director. Jean-Luc Godard

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Goodbye to Language
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Goodbye to Language 2014 15

Jean-Luc Godard’s typically innovative and playful meditation on technology, love and language was acclaimed one of the best films of 2014.

70 mins France Director. Jean-Luc Godard

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Une Histoire d'eau
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Une Histoire d'eau 1958

Truffaut’s romantic fable is reworked by Jean-Luc Godard in this early short by two giants of the French New Wave.

12 mins France Director. François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard

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Charlotte et son Jules
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Charlotte et son Jules 1958

Jean-Luc Godard’s playful early homage to Jean Cocteau, featuring Jean-Paul Belmondo.

13 mins France Director. Jean-Luc Godard

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Film socialisme

Film socialisme 2010 PG

Jean-Luc Godard’s acerbic and disorienting essay on the decline of Western civilisation, shot aboard the famously grounded cruise ship, the Costa Concordia.

102 mins Switzerland Director. Jean-Luc Godard

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2 x 50 Years of French Cinema

2 x 50 Years of French Cinema 1995

Six regions, six films appraised for cultural and historical meaning. Produced by Jean-Luc Godard.

50 mins France

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Two in the Wave

Two in the Wave 2009 12

Jean Luc-Godard and Francois Truffaut: the story of a friendship, a break-up and the birth of a new cinematic movement that would sweep the world.

93 mins France Director. Emmanuel Laurent

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Vivre sa vie 1962 15

Anna Karina shines in Jean-Luc Godard’s critically acclaimed account of a Parisian woman's slow descent into prostitution.

85 mins France Director. Jean-Luc Godard

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