See Jean-Luc Godard’s Lists of Favorite Films From 1956 to 1965

“I write essays in the form of novels, or novels in the form of essays. I’m still as much of a critic as I ever was during the time of Cahiers du cinéma. The only difference is that instead of writing criticism, I now film it,” said one of the world’s greatest living artists and filmmakers Jean-Luc Godard, whose latest work Adieu au Langage (Goodbye to Language) premiered earlier this year.

And as today marks his 84th birthday, let’s take a look at some of his cinematic favorites from the beginning of his career.

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1956

01. Mr Arkadin (Orson Welles)
02. Elena et les hommes (Jean Renoir)
03. The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock)
04. Bus Stop (Joshua Logan)
05. Slightly Scarlet (Allan Dwan)
06. The Saga of Anatahan (Josef von Sternberg)
07. Un Condamne a mort s’est echappe (Robert Bresson)
08. Fear (Roberto Rossellini)
09. Bhowani Junction (George Cukor)
10. My Sister Eileen (Richard Quine)

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1957

 01. Bitter Victory (Nicholas Ray)
02. The Wrong Man (Alfred Hitchcock)
03. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (Frank Tashlin)
04. Hollywood or Bust (Frank Tashlin)
05. Les Trois font la paire (Sacha Guitry)
06. A King in New York (Charlie Chaplin)
07. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (Fritz Lang)
08. The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (Luis Bunuel)
09. Sawdust and Tinsel (Ingmar Bergman
10. Saint Joan (Otto Preminger)

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1958

 01. The Quiet American (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
02. Journey into Autumn (Ingmar Bergman)
03. Bonjour Tristesse (Otto Preminger)
04. Montparnasse 19 (Jacques Becker)
05. Une Vie (Alexandre Astruc)
06. Man of the West (Anthony Mann)
07. Touch of Evil (Orson Welles)
08. L’Eau vive (Francois Villiers)
09. White Nights (Luchino Visconti)
10. Le Temps des oeufs durs (Norbert Carbonnaux)

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1959

 01. Pickpocket (Robert Bresson)
02. Deux Hommes dans Manhattan (Jean-Pierre Melville)
03. Les Rendez-vous du diable (Haroun Tazieff)
04. Moi, un Noir (Jean Rouch)
05. La Tete contre les murs (Georges Franju)
06. Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe (Jean Renoir)
07. Hiroshima, mon amour (Alain Resnais)
08. Les Quatres cent coups (Francois Truffaut)
09. Les Cousins (Claude Chabrol)
10. Du cote de la Cote (Agnes Varda)

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1960

 01. Les Bonnes Femmes (Claude Chabrol)
02. The Savage Innocents (Nicholas Ray)
03. Give a Girl a Break (Stanley Donen)
04. Sansho Dayu (Kenji Mizoguchi)
05. Moonfleet (Fritz Lang)
06. Nazarin (Luis Bunuel)
07. Poem of the Sea (Alexander Dovzhenko)
08. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)
09. Le Testament d’Orphee (Jean Cocteau)
10. Tirez sur le pianiste (Francois Truffaut)

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1961

 01. Two Rode Together (John Ford)
02. La Pyramide humaine (Jean Rouch)
03. Le Testament du Docteur Cordelier (Jean Renoir)
04. Les Godelureaux (Claude Chabrol)
05. Paris Nous Appartient (Jacques Rivette)
06. Rocco and His Brothers (Luchino Visconti)
07. Exodus (Otto Preminger)
08. Lola (Jacques Demy)
09. Era Notte a Roma (Roberto Rossellini)
10. The Thousand Eyes of Dr Mabuse (Fritz Lang)

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1962

 01. Hatari! (Howard Hawks)
02. Vanina Vanini (Roberto Rossellini)
03. Through a Glass, Darkly (Ingmar Bergman)
04. Jules et Jim (Francois Truffaut)
05. Le Signe du Lion (Eric Rohmer)
06. Vivre sa Vie (Jean-Luc Godard)
07. The Flaming Years (Alexander Dovzhenko)
08. Sweet Bird of Youth (Richard Brooks)09. Une Grosse Tete (Claude de Givray)
10. Ride the High Country [G.B. Guns in the Afternoon] (Sam Peckinpah)

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1963

 01. Proces de Jeanne d’Arc (Robert Bresson)
02. The Exterminating Angel (Luis Bunuel)
03. The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock)
04. The Chapman Report (George Cukor)
05. Adieu Philippine (Jacques Rozier)
06. Donovan’s Reef (John Ford)
07. Muriel (Alain Resnais)
08. The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis)
09. Irma la Douce (Billy Wilder)
10. Two Weeks in Another Town (Vincente Minnelli)

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1964

01. I Fidanzati (Ermanno Olmi)
02. Gertrud (Carl Dreyer)
03. Marnie (Alfred Hitchcock)
04. Man’s Favourite Sport? (Howard Hawks)
05. The Red Desert (Michelangelo Antonioni)
06. A Distant Trumpet (Raoul Walsh)
07. Love with the Proper Stranger (Robert Mulligan)
08. Cheyenne Autumn (John Ford)
09. La Ragazza di Bube (Luigi Comencini)
10. L’Amour a la chaine (Claude de Givray)

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1965

 01. The Enchanted Desna (Alexander Dovzhenko)
02. Winter Light (Ingmar Bergman)
03. Journal d’une femme en blanc (Claude Autant-Lara)
04. Young Cassidy (Ford-Cardiff)
05. Shock Corridor (Samuel Fuller)
06. Gun Hawk (Edward Ludwig)
07. Vidas Secas (Nelson Pereira dos Santos)
08. Yoyo (Pierre Etaix)
09. Lilith (Robert Rossen)
10. The Unworthy Old Peter and Pavla (Forman-Allio)

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 Bonus: Best American Sound Films

01. Scarface (Howard Hawks)
02. The Great Dictator (Charles Chaplin)
03. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)
04. The Searchers (John Ford)
05. Singin’ in the Rain (Kelly-Donen)
06. The Lady from Shanghai (Orson Welles)
07. Bigger Than Life (Nicholas Ray)
08. Angel Face (Otto Preminger)
09. To Be or Not To Be (Ernst Lubitsch)
10. Dishonoured (Josef von Sternberg)

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