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Jean-Luc Godard
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    (December 3, 1930- )
    Directed 'Breathless (1960),' 'Contempt (1963),' 'Alphaville (1965),' 'Pierrot le fou (1965),' 'Sympathy for the Devil (1968),' 'Le Petit Soldat (1963),' and 'Bande A Part (1964)'
    He criticized Steven Speilberg.
    After he called Michael Moore 'halfway intelligent' and said that movies like 'Fahrenheit 9/11' actually helped President George W. Bush rather than hurt him, he then admitted that he hadn't seen the movie.
    He is twice divorced.
    'Le Petite Soldat' was banned in France.
    He looks like Woody Allen.
    He has been called bitter and reclusive.
    He did a commercial for a cigarette company.
    He smokes.
    He helped usher in La Nouvelle Vague (French for new wave) which is considered to be one of the greatest movements in cinema.
    He was married to Anna Karina.
    He is a fan of Jack London.
    Norman Mailer helped write his version of King Lear.
    He called Los Angeles a 'big garage.'
    He has lashed out at major movies studios for reducing the art of cinema to a commodity.
    His parents divorced when he was 18.
    His parents cut off his financial support, which caused him to have to live a bohemian lifestyle.
    His mother was killed in a motor scooter accident.
    Breathless was a big hit with critics and at the box office in France.
    He was voted one of the greatest directors of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
    Quentin Tarantino named his production company Band Apart, a possible homage to Godard's film 'Bande A Part (Band of Outsiders).'

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