Jean-Luc Godard’s Childhood
Jean Luc Godard is one of the leading proponents of the French New Wave, and today he is recognized as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Much of what Goddard has done in his career as a filmmaker was directly influenced by his childhood, and the events that happened.
He was born on December 3, 1930 in Paris. His father Paul was a doctor, and his mother came from a wealthy family. Four years after Jean Luc was born, the family moved to Geneva, and according to Jean, his early childhood days were like “paradise”, as his family were cultured and prosperous.
Even as a child, Jean Luc loved to read, and by the time he was fourteen was immersed in the works of André Malraux and Andre Gide. It was in 1946 when Jean went to Paris to study mathematics and become an engineer. However, he was lured to the cine-club boom capital and began watching movies, so much so that he failed to pass the baccalaureate exam in 1948.
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The Turning Point
Jean returned to Switzerland and stayed with his parents, but in 1949 returned to Paris. He wanted to take up film school in IDHEC but was turned down. However, this didn’t deter the young man and he slowly learned filmmaking by watching at the Ciné-club Quarter Latin and the Henri Langlois’ Cinématheque Francais. It was during this time that Jean met Jacques Rivette and Francois Truffaut, who were also film fanatics, and the rest is French cinema history.