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Jean-Luc Godard

Director Jean-Luc Godard
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Profession: Director

Nationality:
France
French
Switzerland
Swiss

Why Famous: Jean-Luc Godard was a major director of the French New Wave period and produced one of its first and most famous films "Breathless" (1960) starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg.

He went on to make such films as "Le Petit Soldat" (The Little Soldier) (1961) the first of his celebrated films with the actress and partner Anna Karina. Success continued with other films such as "Le M├ępris" (Contempt) (1963), starring Michel Piccoli and Brigitte Bardot.

Born: December 3, 1930
Birthplace: Paris, France
Age: 90 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Historical Events

  • 1960-03-17 One of the first French New Wave films, "Breathless", directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg is released in France
  • 1963-12-20 "Contempt" film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Brigitte Bardot and Jack Palance, is released
  • 1965-11-05 "Pierrot le Fou", directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina, is released
  • 1983-08-31 40th Venice Film Festival: "First Name: Carmen" directed by Jean-Luc Godard wins Golden Lion

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