Jean-Luc Godard, one of the founders of ’60s French New Wave film making, has a new full-length feature, Goodbye to Language, competing at Cannes this week. In an interview with one of the film’s actors, he claimed it to be “the new New Wave,” saying that 20 years from now people will still be talking about what the film meant.
The now 83 year-old Godard was first recognized for Breathless in 1960 as part of the New Wave movement. Godard and his good buddy Francois Truffaut, whom he worked alongside at the prominent critic’s magazine Cahiers du Cinema, put innovation and political commentary over the conservative style of preferred filmmakers at the time.
Here’s the trailer for Goodbye to Language
Breathless (or Un Bout de Souffle) is available in its entirety on YouTube
There’s a great documentary about Truffaut and Godard on Netflix called Two in the Wave. Here’s the trailer: