On the occasion of the release of Redoutable by Michel Hazanavicius in 2017, in which Louis Garrel played Jean-Luc Godard, Blow Up tried to decipher the Franco-Swiss director in nine minutes. Yesterday, Tuesday September 13, Godard died at the age of 91 by resorting to assisted suicide, following “multiple disabling pathologies”. It is therefore time to review this video which pays him a fine tribute. The one who began his career in the 1950s as a film critic will make nearly a hundred films in nearly sixty years, masterpieces and successes films, such as Le Mépris, Pierrot le Fou or À bout de souffle, which made more than 2 million admissions in France and remained on screen in the United States for seventeen weeks. During his career, Jean-Luc Godard will turn the greatest, like Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Gérard Depardieu, Michel Piccoli, Brigitte Bardot, and especially his muse, Anna Karina, seven times. Actors and actresses who touched and looked at each other a lot on screen, because Godard’s cinema was a cinema of connection. Breathless. Huge influence for the seventh art, Godard has often put the cinema in abyme in his films, through posters or the very many cinemas, Godardian places par excellence, in which we meet, we kiss or we cry. . On several occasions, he will slip references to François Truffaut, his traveling companion with whom he will go from friendship to hatred. But outside the cinema, the director will often pay homage to the other arts in his films: he will film the musicians at work, he will summon painting, and he will nurture a true love for writing and literature. We read everywhere, all the time, at Godard, and “the music [passe] after literature”, according to Jean-Paul Belmondo in Pierrot le Fou. Farewell to Language, released in 2014, was his last feature film.
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