Jean-Luc Godard: French New Wave Hero

Some of the greatest changes the French New Wave brought about were through the cinematography. Different paces of scene changes and new camera shots literally brought a new perspective into movies. Films were no longer straight forward narratives told through changing images and sound, they were art. When it comes to implementing and popularizing these changes in cinematic style, director Jean-Luc Godard was one of the most important figures.

Jean-Luc Godard on set

His method of creating films was not passive and shocked audiences at the time—it often contradicted what was mainstream at the time. He popularized features such as the jump-cut and freeze-frame, which were unique because they broke the fourth wall and let the audience know they were watching a movie. Be that as it may, he did not skimp on the plot. Godard still maintained interesting storylines and characters in his films to make the overall experience entertaining and introspective.

By: Mustafa Kamal, #stantonfilm