Iconic director of French cinema, Jean-Luc Godard died by assisted suicide at the age of 91.
Jean-Luc Godard, the Franco-Swiss director whose films shattered traditional forms of cinema and heralded the radical New Wave film movement of the 1960s, died on Tuesday, September 13.
Godard died “peacefully” at his home in Rolle, Switzerland, according to a statement from his family.
They added: “No official [funeral] ceremony will take place. He will be cremated.”
The filmmaker resorted to assisted suicide, which in his case was medically and legally validated, Godard’s legal counsel, Patrick Jeanneret, told Bloomberg News.
Godard suffered from “multiple disabling pathologies”, said Jeanneret, and “he decided in all lucidity to leave”.
Godard’s film Breathless launched a series of acclaimed films that influenced directors from Martin Scorsese to Quentin Tarantino.
French President Emmanuel Macron took to his Twitter account on Tuesday to mourn the cinema icon. He said that Godard “had the vision of a genius”.
“He was like an appearance in French cinema. Then he became its master.” he said
“Jean-Luc Godard, the most iconoclastic of New Wave filmmakers, invented a resolutely modern, intensely free art. We have lost a national treasure, a man who had the vision of a genius.”
Godard had more than 100 films to his name in total, including A Married Woman (1964), Pierrot le fou (1965), Masculin Féminin (1966) and Week-end (1967).