Director Amartya Bhattacharyya on Jean-Luc Godard's demise: It was like a surreal shock out of nowhere

To him and thousands and thousands of filmmakers around the world, Godard is cinema.

Press Trust of India September 14, 2022 12:29:15 IST
Director Amartya Bhattacharyya on Jean-Luc Godard's demise: It was like a surreal shock out of nowhere

Jean-Luc-Godard

Director Amartya Bhattacharyya was promoting his film “Adieu Godard” on social media when he learnt about the demise of legendary French-Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard.

To him and thousands and thousands of filmmakers around the world, Godard is cinema.

“I was just sharing a couple of posts on Facebook and suddenly I saw this news. It was like a surreal shock out of nowhere and it took some time for me to realise that it actually happened,” Bhattacharyya told PTI.

Some of his best works happened in the time span of eight years, between 1960 and 1968. Critics at that point of time hailed his pieces of cinematic work. Talking about Godard, Roger Ebert, regarded as the greatest critic in the world, said, “Godard is a director of the very first rank; no other director in the 1960s has had more influence on the development of the feature-length film. Like Joyce in fiction or Beckett in theater, he is a pioneer whose present work is not acceptable to present audiences. But his influence on other directors is gradually creating and educating an audience that will, perhaps in the next generation, be able to look back at his films and see that this is where their cinema began.”

Godard made over 45 films in his career in a span of nearly five decades. He was the man behind films like Breathless, A Woman Is A Woman, My Life to Live, Contempt, Made in U.S.A., Week-end, One Plus One, Wind from the East, Number Two, Passion, Hail Mary, Detective, King Lear, and The Image Book.

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