Jean-Luc Godard of the French Nouvelle Vague has died aged 91

Goddard, 91, had several illnesses and died of assisted suicide.

Goddard began filming in his early 20s and told NPR.

He played a penniless young car thief who models himself after a Hollywood movie gangster.

Godard was looking and seeing the painting itself.

Goddard defended directors Alfred Hitchcock and Howard Hawks.

The mainstream has embraced his innovations so much that he continues influencing filmmakers.