Immediately after news of French New Wave icon Jean-Luc Godard’s death broke on Tuesday (Sept. 13), tributes have started pouring in from world leaders, fellow filmmakers, artists and cinephiles around the world.
French president Emmanuel Macron was among the first to paid tribute to Godard on Twitter, describing Godard as “the most iconoclastic of New Wave filmmakers, had invented a resolutely modern, intensely free art. We are losing a national treasure, a look of genius.”
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Ce fut comme une apparition dans le cinéma français. Puis il en devint un maître. Jean-Luc Godard, le plus iconoclaste des cinéastes de la Nouvelle Vague, avait inventé un art résolument moderne, intensément libre. Nous perdons un trésor national, un regard de génie. pic.twitter.com/bQneeqp8on
Godard, who was internationally revered and whose work paved the way for many filmmakers, was also celebrated by Edgar Wright, the writer-director of “Last Night in Soho,” who wrote on social media that Godard was “one of the most influential, iconoclastic film-makers of them all.”
“It was ironic that he himself revered the Hollywood studio film-making system, as perhaps no other director inspired as many people to just pick up a camera and start shooting,” said Wright.
Stephen Fry, meanwhile, said he watched “Breathless” again two weeks ago and found it as compelling as ever. “It still leaps off the screen like few movies,” Fry wrote.
Guillermo Del Toro also paid homage to Godard on social media and has been retweeting several tributes.