French cinema legend Jean-Luc Godard dies at 91

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted a tribute to the director, writing that the country had lost a “national treasure”.

“It was like appearing in French cinema,” Macron wrote on Twitter. “Then he became one of its masters. Jean-Luc Godard, the most iconographic of the New Wave director, created a very modern and free art. We miss a national treasure, a look of genius.”

Godard’s first feature film, “bout de souffle” (“Breathless”) in 1960, was a celebration of the careless improvisational cinematography that had become synonymous with his style.

In the years that followed, his films revolved around complex issues such as volatility, humiliation, and whimsy.

Among his later works are “The Sublime Trilogy” which consisted of three films that explored femininity, nature and religion – the 1982 film “Passion” and the following year’s “Penum Carmen” (“First Name: Carmen”) and “Je vous salue, Marie” (“Peace be upon you” Mary”) in 1985.

During his long career, Godard was awarded an Honorary Cesar in 1987 and 1998, and was awarded an Honorary Academy Award in 2010.

The French newspaper Liberation was the first to report Godard’s death.

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