Jean-Luc Godard is such an AMAZING director and perhaps one of the greatest directors ever! What is so great about Godard is that he broke the rules of film and created something completely different from what french filmmaking was, prior to the French New Wave.
Godard and other young French directors of this era felt that they needed to create a new style of film, that was unique to france. They were influenced by American’s films, not through style or themes, but because they admired American films for having a style of their own, that portrayed American culture. This was something French films lacked. They felt that film needed to represent popular culture, rather than the past.
Godard’s films are works of art, which in a sense, are more meant to be looked at, rather than understood (kind of confusing). He tried to push the boundaries of film, through various unorthodox techniques of cinematography, story lines and editing. Sometimes his films were comical and sometimes very serious, yet they were all created in Godards unique style.
Another aspect of Godard filmmaking that I feel is extremely important to mention, is his courage. He has made many films, on issues that he believed in, without worrying what people may think. For example, many of his films were based on his beliefs in Marxist philosophies and the struggles of the working class. He also made films that criticized the oppression of certain groups of people, for example one film/documentary that he made, which many people aren’t aware of, probably because even till today, it is such a controversial issue, was called ici et ailleurs (1976) and was based on the palestinian/isreali conflicts. In many of his other films, he addresses the Vietnam War and the beliefs many french people had during this time, regarding American imperialism.
Jean-Luc Godard is not only an artist, but a pioneer. He disobeyed the rules of filmmaking and by doing so, he was able create beautiful and timeless masterpieces.