Iconic director Jean-Luc Godard dead at 91

 File photo of Swiss-French director Jean-Luc Godard during the award ceremony of the ‘Grand Prix Design’, in Zurich, Switzerland, Nov. 30, 2010. (Photo:AP)

PARIS: Director Jean-Luc Godard, an icon of French New Wave film who revolutionised popular 1960s cinema, has died, according to French media. He was 91.

Multiple French media outlets confirmed that they had learned the news of his passing from his relatives on Tuesday.

Born into a wealthy French-Swiss family on December 3, 1930, in Paris, the ingenious “enfant terrible” stood for years as one of the world’s most vital and provocative directors in Europe and beyond — beginning in 1960 with his debut feature “Breathless”.

His films propelled Jean-Paul Belmondo to stardom and his controversial modern nativity play “Hail Mary” grabbed headlines when Pope John Paul II denounced it in 1985.

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