Jean-Luc Godard and Auterism

In the world of film there has been a controversy as to whether films are made only for the consumers or if they should be analyzed as the directors personal artistic expressions. As Lapsley and Westlake explain, filmmaking has been centered on its social function since 1968 rather than a director’s personal intention. This essay will explore this controversy through the work of the prominent French auteur, Jean-Luc Godard.


Jean-Luc Godard entered film-making in his early twenties while completing a degree in Ethnology. He was involved with many different film societies during his university years. Through these societies and connections with other film-makers, Godard became associated with a critique of traditional cinema, often referred to as la politique des auteurs, which reshaped the directors’ role in film-making. Jean-Luc Godard is an Auteur that is heavily involved with the New Wave Movement that began in the 1960’s and his films Breathless and The Weekend resemble it.



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