An era gone: 5 of the most important films of Jean-Luc Godard

An era gone: 5 of the most important films of Jean-Luc Godard

September 13, sad news spread around the world – Jean-Luc Godard has died. He is considered one of the founders of the French New Wave. He made 129 films – feature films, documentaries, short films, television. ProShoKino made a selection of 5 essential films by Jean-Luc Godard that are important to watch.

An era is gone: Jean-Luc Godard's 5 most important films

Still from the movie “Breathless”

“Breathless” (À bout de souffle)

Movie “Breathless” – Jean-Luc Godard's first feature film and became one of the most characteristic examples of the “French New Wave”. Interestingly, the film was shot in just a month and with a minimal budget. The main roles were played by Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, who received unprecedented fame after the release of the film.

According to the plot, a young criminal Michel Poicart buys expensive cars, and this time steals a car in Marseille and drives it to Paris. On the way out of the city, the police begin to pursue him. Fleeing from persecution, he kills one of them. Therefore, Michelle returns to her American girlfriend Patricia, a Sorbonne student and journalist. The tension of this story grows and the ending is amazing.

“Mad Pierrot” (Pierrot Le Fou)

The film is based on the novel “Possession” by Lionel White. This is the director's third color film. The premiere took place as part of the 26th Venice Film Festival in 1965. Jean-Paul Belmondo played the title role. Ferdinand is married to a wealthy woman and they have a small child. The life of the heroes changes when their nanny Marianna gets a job.

“Contempt” (Le Mepris)

The first film of Jean-Luc Godard with a million budget, in which the main role was played by the sex symbol of the era Brigitte Bardot. The tape is based on the novel of the same name by Alberto Moravia, and Georges Deler wrote the music for it. The protagonist Paul Javal is a famous writer and writes scripts for films. Together with his wife Camilla, they go to the island of Capri to shoot a historical film, according to the script of which Paul was offered good money. While the writer is busy working, the film's director tries to seduce Camille.

“Alpha” (Alphaville, une etrange aventure de Lemmy Caution)

The fantastic film is based on the novel by Paul Eluard. This ground-breaking film became a model for this kind of film made in Hollywood. “Alphaville” received the “Golden Bear” at the Berlin Film Festival. The action of the tape takes place on a distant planet, where totalitarianism reigns, and the cruel and dangerous Professor Brown is at the head. He created an artificial intelligence called Alpha-60 and used it to take over the entire planet.

“Gang of outsiders” (Bande a part)

Film noir based on Dolores Hitchens “Fool's Gold” and is also a landmark film “new wave”. There is a scene in the film in which the characters run through the Louvre in Paris. Godard did not receive official permission to shoot in the museum: he quietly carried the camera and ordered the actors to run around the hall. And the guards chasing the characters in the scene are the museum employees who worked that day.

This is the story of Odile, who meets two guys in English courses – Arthur and Franz. This connection leads the young men to persuade the girl to join the heist.

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