Godard says he stole money to make movies

29th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 November 2007, BERLIN - French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard has confessed that he stole money to finance his films in an interview with a German newspaper to be published on Thursday.

29 November 2007

BERLIN - French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard has confessed that he stole money to finance his films in an interview with a German newspaper to be published on Thursday.

"I had no choice. Or at least it seemed that way to me. I even stole money from my family to give to (fellow French director Jacques) Rivette for his first film. I pinched money to be able to see films and to make films," he told Die Zeit weekly.

Godard's first film "Breathless", starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, is considered to be a groundbreaking work of the French New Wave.

He cemented his reputation with "Contempt", "Pierrot le Fou" and "Two or Three Things I Know About Her".

Godard, 76, is due to receive a lifetime achievement award from the  European Film Academy in Berlin on Saturday.

He told Die Zeit he had little time for most contemporary filmmakers.

"Most directors, and three-quarters of the people who will receive prizes in Berlin, only pick up the camera to feel alive. They do not use it to see things that you cannot see without a camera."

Rivette's first feature-length film "Paris Belongs to Us" hit screens in 1960, the same year as "Breathless".

AFP

Subject: French news

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