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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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Le Mépris
Le Mépris
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Le Mépris

Drama1963103 minsDirector: Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard conducts an autopsy of love and the creative process, as a boorish film producer dismantles a seemingly strong marriage.

British Sounds
British Sounds
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British Sounds

Documentary196951 minsDirector: Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard brings his firebrand political cinema to the UK, exploring the revolutionary signals in late '60s British society, in this experimental documentary.

Vivre sa vie
Vivre sa vie
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Vivre sa vie

Drama196283 minsDirector: Jean-Luc Godard

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

Bande à part
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Bande à part

Crime196495 minsDirector: Jean-Luc Godard

Godard's playful tribute to the Hollywood pulp crime movies of the 1940s, executed with typically Gallic cool.

Film socialisme
Film socialisme
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Film socialisme

Animation & Artists Moving Image201097 minsDirector: Jean-Luc Godard

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

Une Histoire d'eau
Une Histoire d'eau
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Une Histoire d'eau

Drama195812 minsDirector: Jean-Luc Godard

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

Breathless / À bout de souffle
Breathless / À bout de souffle
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Breathless / À bout de souffle

Film noir196090 minsDirector: Jean-Luc Godard

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

A Century of French Cinema
A Century of French Cinema
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A Century of French Cinema

Documentary199550 minsDirector: Anne-Marie Miéville

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

Two in the Wave
Two in the Wave
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Two in the Wave

200992 minsDirector: Emmanuel Laurent

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.

Charlotte et son Jules
Charlotte et son Jules
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Charlotte et son Jules

Drama195813 minsDirector: Jean-Luc Godard

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

Charlotte et Véronique, ou Tous les garçons s’appellent Patrick
Charlotte et Véronique, ou Tous les garçons s’appellent Patrick
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Charlotte et Véronique, ou Tous les garçons s’appellent Patrick

Drama195720 minsDirector: Jean-Luc Godard

Godard sowed the seeds for the French New Wave with this early short, scripted by Eric Rohmer.

Struggle in Italy
Struggle in Italy
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Struggle in Italy

Drama196960 minsDirector: Jean-Luc Godard

Godard's case study of an Italian girl's inner struggle to reconcile her revolutionary intent with her ingrained bourgeois tendencies.

Wind from the East
Wind from the East
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Wind from the East

Drama196993 minsDirector: Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin's radical film deconstructs both a factory strike and the Hollywood western - simultaneously.

Vladimir and Rosa
Vladimir and Rosa
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Vladimir and Rosa

197096 minsDirector: Jean-Luc Godard

Godard recreates the trial of the Chicago Eight (charged with protesting the 1968 Democratic Party convention) in typically playful, anarchic and confrontational style.

A Film Like Any Other
A Film Like Any Other
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A Film Like Any Other

Documentary1968107 minsDirector: Jean-Luc Godard

The first film in Jean-Luc Godard's 'radical' period finds the director rejecting established notions of narrative and authorship to present a dialectic response to the events of May '68.