French Cinema

Godard’s Role In The Revitalization of French Cinema
Entire volumes can be written about the contribution of Jean Luc Godard to cinema, but he will forever be associated with the French film movement known as La Nouvelle Vague, or New Wave. To put it simply, few filmmakers have managed to direct films that can be said to be strictly theirs, with no similarities to narrative structure or visuals.

His Legacy

Godard’s work is distinguished by their uniqueness and unwillingness to be compromised or categorized in a specific way. His films, more than anything else, demand audience interaction because it’s not something you can just sit back and enjoy. Indeed his approach is so different that any director who tries to do something unconventional is called a student of the Godard school of filmmaking.

A Different Approach

Godard has been critical of mainstream cinema because of its insistence on craft than innovation, and its reliance on those who have already established names than give new directors a chance. Like other members of the French New Wave, Godard favored film experimentation, so it’s no surprise that his films challenge the conventional style used in standard Hollywood films.


Due to his efforts, Godard has been hailed as one of the most radical filmmakers during the 1960s and 70s, and he remains highly influential to this day. His work tackles a wide array of subjects, including his political views as well as displaying his vast knowledge of cinema in general. Other themes like existentialism and Marxist philosophy are also covered in his films, which make for fascinating viewing.

How Jean-Luc Godard Has Influenced Modern Videography and Cinema
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Volumes have been written about the influence of Jean Luc Godard on cinema and videography, but what it essentially comes down to is this: Godard is one of the most important filmmakers to emerge during the last three decades, and while he’s often associated with Chabrol and Truffaut, there’s no question that Godard is the most radical of the three.

Assessing Godard’s Influence

Godard’s effect on contemporary videography and film is still felt to this day. John, who works for Memory Tree, says the Toronto based video agency uses many of his techniques for their clients, and the company is not alone. According to the MacMillan International Film Encyclopedia, Godard’s effect was “sweeping”, and experts agree that his efforts transcended cinema, influencing language, thought and the arts.


Rewriting Film Techniques

It’s not an exaggeration to say that Godard rewrote a great deal of what filmmakers thought of as the syntax for creating quality movies. Not only that, but Godard’s inventive and creative use of the camera continues to be imitated today. While he shied away from the mainstream, his methods and ways have influenced a great number of directors and filmmakers.

What ultimately sets Godard apart from the rest is his approach to cinema: more than any filmmaker before him, Godard made people think not just about his films but cinema in general. No matter what the subject was, Godard was able to stamp his mark on a movie in a way that few have been able to do, then or now, which helps explain why he’s considered one of the great filmmakers.