Reactions to the death of Jean-Luc Godard

(Paris) From Emmanuel Macron to Alain Delon and Brigitte Bardot, political leaders, major film festivals and artists have paid tribute to the “master” Jean-Luc Godard, after the announcement on Tuesday of the death of the Franco-Swiss director.

Posted at 2:04 p.m.

Emmanuel Macron (Twitter)


Emmanuel Macron

“It was like an appearance in French cinema. Then he became a master. Jean-Luc Godard, the most iconoclastic filmmaker of the New Wave, had invented a resolutely modern, intensely free art. We are losing a national treasure, a look of genius. »

Alain Delon (at AFP)


Alain Delon

“A page in the history of cinema is turning… Thank you, Jean-Luc, for the beautiful memories you left us. Know that I will always be proud to have New wave (1990 film, editor’s note) in my filmography”.

Brigitte Bardot (Twitter)


Brigitte Bardot

“And Godard created the Contempt and it was out of breath that he joined the firmament of the last great star creators…”.

The Cannes Film Festival (Twitter)

“It is with immense sadness and gratitude as well as deep respect that the Festival salutes one last time this artist without whose work cinema would not have the same face today. Since its first appearance at the Festival in Cleo from 5 to 7 in 1962, 21 films by Jean-Luc Godard were screened at Cannes. Agitator of the May 1968 demonstration, Jury Prize in 2014 with Farewell to languagehe received a special Palme d’or for his entire work in 2018″.

Gilles Jacob, former president of the Cannes Film Festival (to AFP)

“Jean-Luc Godard is the Picasso of cinema. With his intuitions and his flashes. Ahead of his time, he played with words, images and colors. He improvised milestone films, obscure and seductive. World cinema is an orphan”.

The Berlinale (press release)

The festival, which has awarded Jean-Luc Godard several times — Golden Bear 1965 for Alphaville and silver bear 1960 for Breathless — mourns the “pioneer of the New Wave and one of the most influential and innovative directors in the history of cinema, who permeated the cinema of the 60s and has always been able to renew it ever since”.

The Venice Film Festival (Twitter)

Salutes “one of the most important directors in the history of cinema and one of the most important protagonists of the festival, consecrated for his entire career by a golden lion in 1982”.

Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques (the Caesars) (Twitter)

“A great man of cinema has passed away, all our thoughts are with his loved ones. Jean-Luc Godard leaves behind him a hundred films, including almost as many masterpieces in his 60-year career. But according to his words, he “did not make films, he made cinema”.

Darren Aronofsky, American director (on Twitter)


Darren Aronofsky

“Rest in peace Godard. I learned a lot from my copies ofBreathless on VHS tapes… Thank you Maestro”.

The Swiss Cinematheque (on Twitter)

“One of the most iconic directors leaves a prolific body of work that will have a lasting mark on the 7e art and the history of our institution”.

Philippe Labro, journalist and writer

“Godard is leaving. Number one icon. For who experienced the first screening of Breathless, memory of the explosion in the world of cinema. Unique filmography, divided into two eras”.

Elisabeth Borne, Prime Minister (Twitter)


Elisabeth Borne

“Jean-Luc Godard, monument of the new wave, filmmaker with a thousand lives, forever transformed the way of telling stories. The terrible child of cinema is gone but leaves us a legacy of the masterpieces that he erected into legend. His voice will be missed at 7e art “.

Rima Abdul Malak, Minister of Culture (Twitter)


Rima Abdul Malak

“Jean-Luc Godard burned all the codes of cinema, sweeping the world with a wave of audacity, freedom and irreverence. He leaves us an “image book” with an unforgettable imprint”.

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