The French Revolution took place in 1789 There was turmoil in the political and social fabric. Two centuries after this revolution, France also saw a glimpse of a revolutionary filmmaker in the world of cinema. His name was Jean-Luc Godard, Goddard has revolutionized because his films were not only ahead of their time, but also so experimental that they once shocked civilized society. Goddard was the first film critic. Then became a director. The first film made was ‘Breathless’. crime drama. Will kill the policeman, Kalani’s girlfriend, who betrays her lover and allows the police to have an encounter with the police. The film was a great experiment in the social scene of the time. This experiment was highly appreciated. The film made a record at the box office and earned a lot.
To know why Jean-Luc Godard made such a film, it is necessary to recall one of his statements. Before entering filmmaking, Goddard wrote, ‘What do you need to make a film? A girl and a gun! Goddard proved his point by making ‘Breathless’. If a person associated with the world of cinema says such a thing in public, then many people get goosebumps. But this is what happened in the 1960s. Goddard’s “Breathless” is not only an all-time classic for this use, but the other experiments in its making make it great.
Goddard’s experiments became an example
Filmmakers like Satyajit Ray, Bimal Roy and Raj Kapoor have experimented a lot in Indian cinema. The film is successful. Satyajit Ray also sketched the scenes of his films before filming them. His ‘Pather Panchali’ was thus made and completed. Raj Kapoor and Bimal Roy are also known to experiment with cinema. French-Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard He did many such experiments, which later became an example for the filmmakers. For example, Goddard is famous for the decisions he made during the filming of his films. That is, speaking dialogue during the shooting of the scene, changing the scene. His tried-and-tested method of film editing, called the ‘jump cut’, is widely used in ‘Breathless’.
On-spot changes in script
Goddard’s other films such as “Alphaville”, “Crazy Pete”, “My Life to Live” and “The Little Soldier” were well received with documentary-like filming. According to a BBC report, Actors in Goddard’s films often did not know when their dialogues would change. Goddard’s experimentalism has been criticized many times. At times the critics also became restless about his films, especially on controversial subjects. But this did not affect Jean-Luc Godard.
Before becoming a film director, Jean-Luc Godard was a critic who watched the film several times. So when he made his films he never compromised. Goddard and all the directors like him who made films of the new genre followed very strongly the one thing that ‘the film will be made the way the director wants it’. Being a critic, he knew how films should be. He wrote for a long time in the famous film magazine ‘Cahiers du Cinema’. In his reviews, Goddard used to be less than stellar when criticizing the films. So when Pope John Paul II denounced his film ‘Hail Mary’, Goddard didn’t hold back from his style.
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First published: 14 September 2022, 15:15 IST