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Godard was born in Paris, but the question of his nationality is not so
simple as the post by Edwin Jahiel suggests. According to Colin Macabe's
bio in *Jean -Luc Godard: Son + Image* JLG's father, Paul Jean Godard, was
a midle-class doctor while his mother, Odile Monod, was the fabulously
wealthy hieress of a fourtune made by her families chain of stores
Monoprix. Shrotly after Jean-Luc's birth Dr Godard moved the family to
Nyon, Switzerland. He shuttled between the twocountries throughout his
childhood. Since 1976 Godard has resided primarily in Switzerland. He has
called himself an "exile of the cinema" in the video *Senario du Film
Passion.* While according to immigration officers he may technically still
be a French citizen (Iam not even sure of this) he is deeply associated
with Switzerland. It would be hartd not to wonder what the relation of
films like *JLG par JLG,* *Sauve Qui Peut (La Vie),* and *Novelle Vauge,*
have to do with Swiss national cinema.
 
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