Hollywood’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences intends to award an honorary Oscar to iconic French-Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard on November 13. But will the academy be honoring a notoriously vocal, albeit French-speaking, anti-Semite?
Admired for avant-garde films like “Breathless” (1960); “My Life to Live” (1962) and “Contempt” (1963), Godard is one of the last survivors of French cinema’s New Wave movement, after the death in January of director Éric Rohmer and the premature 1984 demise of Godard’s colleague and ex-friend, François Truffaut. The friendship between Godard and Truffaut dissolved by the end of the 1960s because of the former’s anti-Semitism, according to two new biographies: “Godard” by film historian Antoine de Baecque, published in Paris in March, and “Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard” (2008) by Richard Brody.
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