Synopsis

A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.

Silver Bear, Best Director | Berlin International Film Festival 1960 Nominee Best Foreign Actress, BAFTA Awards 1962

Cast And Credits

Director : Jean Luc Godard
Producer : Georges de Beauregard
Screenplay : Jean Luc Godard
DOP : Raoul Coutard
Editor : Cécile Decugis
Cast : Jean Seberg, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Henri-Jacques Huet, Liliane Dreyfus

Director

Jean Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard (3 December 1930 – 13 September 2022) was a French-Swiss film director, screenwriter, and film critic who rose to prominence as a pioneer of the French New Wave film movement of the 1960s, alongside such filmmakers as François Truffaut, Agnès Varda, Éric Rohmer, and Jacques Demy. He was arguably the most influential French filmmaker of the post-war era and his acclaimed films include ‘Breathless’ (1960), ‘Vivre sa vie’ (1962), ‘Contempt’ (1963), ‘Band of Outsiders’ (1964), ‘Alphaville’ (1965), ‘Pierrot le Fou’ (1965), ‘Masculin Féminin’ (1966), ‘Weekend’ (1967), and ‘Goodbye to Language’ (2014).
During his early career as a film critic for the influential magazine Cahiers du Cinéma, Godard criticised mainstream French cinema's ‘Tradition of Quality’, which de-emphasised innovation and experimentation. In response, he and like-minded critics began to make their own films, challenging the conventions of traditional Hollywood in addition to French cinema. His work makes use of frequent homages and references to film history, and often expresses his political views. In 2010, Godard was awarded an Academy Honorary Award.