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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 ZĂĽrcher Zeitung

Switzerland - Tages Anzeiger

Tages-Anzeiger

Switzerland - 20 minutes

20 minutes

Belgium - Le Soir

Le Soir

Germany - die Tageszeitung

Die Taggeszeitung

Germany - SĂĽddeutsche Zeitung

SĂĽddeutsche 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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Pasta v. Fascists: How Italy's Staple Dish Became A Symbol Of Resistance

Pasta may not be considered controversial today, but it played an important role during Italy's fascist years, particularly in one family's celebration of community and liberation.

Photo of the Cervi family.

Photo of the Cervi family, whose seven children were shot by the Fascists on December 28, 1943, at the Reggio Emilia shooting range.

@comunisti_alla_ribalta via Instagram
Jacopo Fontaneto

ROME — Eighty years ago — on July 25, 1943 — the vote of no confidence by the Grand Council of Fascism, leading to Benito Mussolini's arrest, set off widespread celebrations. In Campegine, a small village in the Emilian province, the Cervi family celebrated in their own way: they brought 380 kilograms of pasta in milk cans to the town square and offered it to all the inhabitants of the village.

The pasta was strictly plain: macaroni dressed with butter and cheese, seen as more of a "festive dish" in that period of deprivation. As soon as the Cervi brothers learned about the arrest of Mussolini, they procured flour, borrowed butter and cheese from the dairy, and prepared kilos and kilos of pasta. They then loaded it onto a cart to distribute it to their fellow villagers. Pastasciutta (dry pasta) specifically regards dishes with noodles that are plated "dry", not in broth. That would disqualify soup, risotto, ravioli...

Even though pastasciutta is the most stereotypical type of pasta today, it had a complicated relationship with the government during Italy's fascist years.

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