Cinema giant Jean-Luc Godard dies at 91

PARIS: From Emmanuel Macron to Alain Delon and Brigitte Bardot, political leaders, major film festivals and artists have paid tribute to the “master” Jean-Luc Godard, after the announcement on Tuesday of the death of the Franco-Swiss director.

-Emmanuel Macron (Twitter)

“It was like an appearance in French cinema. Then he became a master of it. Jean-Luc Godard, the most iconoclastic of New Wave filmmakers, had invented a resolutely modern, intensely free art. We are losing a national treasure, a look of genius”

– Alain Delon (to AFP)

“A page in the history of cinema is turning… Thank you, Jean-Luc, for the beautiful memories you left us. Know that I will always be proud to have + Nouvelle Vague + (1990 film, editor’s note) in my filmography.

-Brigitte Bardot (Twitter)

“And Godard created Contempt and it was out of breath that he joined the firmament of the last great star creators…”.

– Isabelle Adjani (Facebook)

“I would like to find the few images of the tests and the few days when he filmed me… At the time of + First name Carmen +, I gave up his dream of cinema to stay with my dying father. Now the dream of cinema is eternal”.

– The Cannes Film Festival (Twitter)

“It is with immense sadness and gratitude as well as deep respect that the Festival salutes one last time this artist without whose work cinema would not have the same face today.”

– Gilles Jacob, former president of the Cannes Film Festival (to AFP)

“Jean-Luc Godard is the Picasso of cinema. With his intuitions and his flashes. Ahead of his time, he played with words, images and colors. He improvised milestone films, obscure and seductive . World cinema is an orphan”.

– The Berlinale (press release)

The festival, which has honored Jean-Luc Godard several times – golden bear in 1965 for “Alphaville” and silver bear in 1960 for “A Bout de Souffle” – mourns the “pioneer of the New Wave and one of the directors most influential and innovative in the history of cinema, which permeated the cinema of the 1960s and has always been able to renew it ever since”.

– The Venice Film Festival (Twitter)

Salutes “one of the most important directors in the history of cinema and one of the most important protagonists of the festival, consecrated for his entire career by a golden lion in 1982”.

– Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques (the C├ęsars)

“A great man of cinema has passed away, all our thoughts are with his loved ones. Jean-Luc Godard leaves behind him a hundred films, including almost as many masterpieces in his 60-year career. But according to his words, he didn’t + make movies, he made movies +.”

– Darren Aronofsky, American director (on Twitter)

“Rest in peace Godard. I learned a lot from my copies of “A Bout de Souffle” on VHS tapes… Thank you Maestro”.

– The Swiss Cinematheque (on Twitter)

“One of the most iconic directors leaves behind a prolific body of work that will have left a lasting mark on the 7th art and the history of our institution”.

– Philippe Labro, journalist and writer

“Godard is leaving. Icon number one. For those who experienced the first screening of + Breathless +, a memory of the explosion in the world of cinema. Unique filmography, divided into two eras”.

– Elisabeth Borne, Prime Minister (Twitter)

“Jean-Luc Godard, monument of the new wave, filmmaker with a thousand lives, forever transformed the way of telling stories. The terrible child of cinema is gone but leaves us as a legacy of the masterpieces he has erected into legend. His voice will be missed in the 7th art”.

– Rima Abdul Malak, French Minister of Culture (Twitter)

“Jean-Luc Godard burned all the codes of cinema, sweeping the world with a wave of audacity, freedom and irreverence. He leaves us a + picture book + with an unforgettable imprint”.

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