Iconic French director Jean-Luc Godard dead at 91

French President Emmanuel Macron paid his respects to Godard, tweeting that the filmmaker "invented a resolutely modern, intensely free art."

Updated: September 13, 2022 - 7:47am

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Iconic French-Swiss New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard, known for his 1960 film "Breathless" and one of the most influential post-war French filmmakers, died Tuesday. He was 91.

Godard's partner, Anne-Marie Mieville, and her producers said he died peacefully at his home while surrounded by family on Lake Geneva in Switzerland, according to The Associated Press

French President Emmanuel Macron paid his respects to Godard, tweeting that the "master" filmmaker "invented a resolutely modern, intensely free art."

Godard was born in 1930 in Paris to a wealthy French-Swiss family. He worked in the 1950s as a film critic before writing and directing "Breathless," a groundbreaking crime film known for frequent jump-cuts and mixing action scenes with philosophical conversations.