Tribute from the world of cinema and beyond –

Tributes to Jean-Luc Godard, the pioneering leader of French cinema, began to flow immediately after it was revealed that the director had died today at the age of 91, and that figures in the world of cinema, politics and more remember the director for his powerful, one-off work.

Emmanuel Macron, the French president, was one of the first to pay tribute to Godard with a short message on social media, stating that France had lost a “national treasure” and the director was the most “iconoclastic of New Wave filmmakers”.

A source close to Godard confirmed the director’s death to after initial reports from French newspaper Liberation. Best known for his radical and politically motivated work, Godard was one of the most famous directors of his generation, producing classic films such as On the last breath (A bout de souffle)which brought him to the world stage in 1960.

Speaking to France Info radio shortly after the news broke, Jack Lang, a former French culture minister, said that Godard was “unique, absolutely unique … He was not just cinema, he was philosophy, poetry.”

Gilles Jacob, former president of the Cannes Film Festival, called Godard the “Picasso of the cinema” on social media Tuesday.

Godard received most recognition for his seminal work in the 1960s, including Little Soldier, which was banned until 1963, and the future wife of the director Anna Karina played the main role in it. Noting Godard’s radical and passionate approach to cinema, British director Edgar Wright said, “It was ironic that he himself revered the Hollywood studio system of filmmaking, as perhaps no other director has inspired so many people to just pick up a camera and start shooting. …”

The British Film Institute called Godard “a film giant who tore apart the rule book”.

“Starting with ‘Breathless’, he has been testing the limits of the medium,” the BFI said in a statement.

Read the full tributes below. We’ll be sharing other reactions as they come in…

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