Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris to Franco-Swiss protestant parents on December 3 1930, the second of four children, but grew up in Switzerland. His father, Paul Godard, was a physician with a doctorate in ophthalmology, while his mother Odile was an accomplished amateur photographer who died in a traffic accident in 1954. At age 18, Godard enrolled in anthropology courses at the Sorbonne but failed to attend any classes, although he went to hear Claude Lévi-Strauss lecture in 1949. It was during this time that Godard became involved in the burgeoning ciné-club environment in the Latin Quarter, attending screenings at Henri Langlois's Cinémathèque, meeting André Bazin and the young cinephiles that only a few years later would be …
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Grønstad, Asbjørn. "Jean-Luc Godard". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 August 2008
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