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Godard Taught Me How to Watch Cinema, Even as He Kept Reinventing It

By Manohla Dargis

13 Sep 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

Jean-Luc Godard died by assisted-suicide on Tuesday at the age of 91. His impact on cinema cannot be overstated.

(An Appraisal)

I wasn’t prepared for Jean-Luc Godard; I doubt that anyone ever was. And now that he’s gone, it feels impossible to articulate the immensity of his impact on cinema, an art that he changed more than most. His influence was profound, so much so that even after his work fell out of favor and was reflexively dismissed by the lazy, and even as he himself faded (he died by assisted suicide Tuesday at age 91), vestiges of this vexing giant, the cool guy with the dark sunglasses and cigar, remained. He was a phantom of cinema long before his death, and he will haunt us.

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