French-Swiss film director, writer, and critic Jean-Luc Godard (1930 - ) has had an immense influence on contemporary cinematography and film narrative. Celebrated classics such as Breathless (1960) and Pierrot le Fou (1965) are exemplar of the French New Wave’s search for a cinematic style that was expressive of quotidian life. Godard’s revolutionary aesthetic also emerged in the slightly more political tendencies of Godard's films which occasionally attested his interest in existentialism and Marxist philosophy. At The Kitchen's 1980 “Television, Society, and Art” lecture series, Godard participated in panels discussing television as a mode of mass communication and social praxis.

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