Jean-Luc Godard: 1930-2022

France’s once and forever cinematic “enfant terrible” has died.

The often controversial, always “revolutionary” director of “Breathless” and “Contempt,” “Weekend,” “Alphaville,” “Bande a part,” “Hail Mary” and “Bridges of Sarajevo” was 91, and got “Sarajevo” onto screens at 83.

Godard was in the vanguard of the French New Wave in the ’50s, the cinema’s embodiment of Marxist chic in the ’60s and a provocateur to the very end.

His films weren’t always the easiest to embrace, but he challenged the art form, the cultural and social norms, himself and the viewer almost every time out. I remember the outrage he stirred up with “Hail Mary” back in the ’80s and the way his films turned up as cutting edge examples of experiments in narrative, camera storytelling technique and the like in every film class I ever took.

Fascinating guy. RIP.

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Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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