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Jean-Luc Godard Remembered by Antonio Banderas, Edgar Wright and More: ‘We Are Losing a National Treasure’

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died Tuesday at age 91. The Franco-Swiss director, who helped usher in a new era of cinema with titles like “Breathless” (1960) and “A Woman is a Woman” (1961), was mourned and celebrated across social media by scores of fans and fellow artists.Edgar Wright called Godard “one of the most influential, iconoclastic film-makers of them all,” recalling the “Breathless/Godard” spoofs he made while he was in college. “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 the writer-director.

Antonio Banderas thanked “monsieur Godard” for “expanding the boundaries of the cinema,” while French president Emmanuel Macron called him a “master” and a “national treasure.”“Jean-Luc Godard, the most iconoclastic of New Wave filmmakers, had invented a resolutely modern, intensely free art,” the politician wrote on Twitter. “We are losing a national treasure, a look of genius.”Actor and director Stephen Fry bid “adieu” to the “Le Petit Soldat” director on Twitter, as well. “I watched Breathless for the umpteenth time again just two weeks ago.

It still leaps off the screen like few movies,” he wrote. “That scene between them in the hotel: how many other directors could have managed that in so small a space and made it so captivating?”“Amy” and “Senna” director Asif Kapadia declared “The King is Dead.” Peter Ramsey, director of “Into the Spider-Verse” and “Rise of the Guardians” simply wrote, “The giants are leaving.”Film institutions from around the world also chimed in with their tributes.

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