French-Swiss director, Jean-Luc Godard – a key figure in the Nouvelle Vague, the film-making movement that revolutionized cinema in the late 1950s and 60s – has died aged 91, French media is reporting.
French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted a tribute to the director, writing the country has lost a “national treasure.”
“It was like an apparition in French cinema,” Macron tweeted. “Then he became one of its masters. Jean-Luc Godard, the most iconoclastic of New Wave directors, had invented a resolutely modern, intensely free art. We lose a national treasure, a genius outlook.”
French newspaper Liberation was the first to report Godard’s death.
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