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Forever Godard: 20 International Newspapers Bid Adieu To French New Wave Icon

International outlets are saluting the passing of the father of the Nouvelle Vague movement, considered among the most influential filmmakers ever.

Forever Godard: 20 International Newspapers Bid Adieu To French New Wave Icon
Chloé Touchard

Jean-Luc Godard, the French-Swiss filmmaker who revolutionized cinema in the late 1950s and 1960s as the leading figure of the Nouvelle Vague (New Wave) movement, died Tuesday at the age of 91.

The Paris-born Godard produced now-cult movies such as À bout de souffle (“Breathless” 1960), Le Mépris (“Contempt” 1963) and Alphaville (1965), with his later works always garnering interest among cinephiles, even if often considered inaccessible for the wider public.

Godard's lawyer reported that that the filmmaker had been “stricken with multiple incapacitating illnesses," and decided to end his life through assisted suicide, which is legal in Switzerland, where he'd lived for decades.


Tributes to Godard's art and life have been coming in from all over the world. "We've lost a national treasure, the eye of a genius," said French President Emmanuel Macron. Brigitte Bardot, who played in Contempt, paid her respects on Twitter and Alain Delon expressed his gratitude: "Thank you, Jean-Luc, for the beautiful memories you left us."

Here is a selection of front pages from around the world paying tribute to the iconoclast filmmaker:

France - Libération

Libération

France - L'Humanité

L’Humanité

France - Le Monde

Le Monde

France - Le Figaro

Le Figaro

Switzerland - Le Temps

Le Temps

Switzerland - Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Switzerland - Tages Anzeiger

Tages-Anzeiger

Switzerland - 20 minutes

20 minutes

Belgium - Le Soir

Le Soir

Germany - die Tageszeitung

Die Taggeszeitung

Germany - Süddeutsche Zeitung

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Germany - Frankfurter Allgemeine

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Italy - Corriere Della Sera

Corriera della sera

Italy - La Repubblica

La Repubblica

UK - The Guardian

The Guardian

Spain - El Pais

El Pais

Portugal - Publico

Publico

Brazil - Folha de S. Paulo

Folha de S. Paulo

Argentina - Rio Negro

Rio Negro

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