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Iconic film director Jean-Luc Godard dies at age 91

Paris, Sep 13 (EFE).- Film director Jean-Luc Godard, one of the founders of the New Wave cinema, died on Tuesday at the age of 91, the French Liberation newspaper reported.

Godard was a key figure in the Nouvelle Vague, a French movement that revolutionized cinema in the late 1950s.

The Franco-Swiss filmmaker made his mark in 1959 with À bout de souffle (Breathless), starring Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo.

The film became the founding work of his movement that pushed cinematic boundaries with the use of his bold visual style, including handheld camerawork and jump cuts, then unconventional.

Godard was also known for his highly politicized films and won a series of awards including an honorary Oscar, a special Palme d’Or, and two French César d’honneur.

The director worked with the best actors of the time, including Belmondo, Alain Delon, Eddie Constantine, Jean-Pierre Léaud and Anna Karina, his muse during the first half of the 1960s and to whom he was married for several years.

Born in Paris in 1930, Godard grew up in Nyon in Switzerland before moving back to Paris in 1949.EFE


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