I never ever forget ALPHAVILLE, one of the most interesting science fiction films I've ever seen. Shaped my attitude of what film aesthetics could be while I was a budding movie buff growing up. Farewell to one of the most interesting filmmakers of the French New Wave.
Godard commited assisted suicide according to various reports. Must have been dire times for him during his final days.
I have to say, I've never really warmed towards his films (or personality) and therefore haven't seen that many.
I remember liking "Alphaville" and "Allemagne année 90 neuf zéro". In the theatre, I've only seen two of his films: "A bout de souffle" and "Nouvelle Vague". The music used in "Nouvelle Vague" was as sparse as outstanding, and no original score there.
In the 1990s, I've read his book "Einführung in eine wahre Geschichte des Kinos" (English title: Introduction to a True History of Cinema and Television) which I found insightful and interesting at the time. - In there, he had not a good word to say about Clint Eastwood's directorial faculties after he went to see "The Eiger Sanction". No surprise, actually.
I am quite fond of "Alphaville" "Breathless" "Letter to Jane" "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Contempt." While I recognize his contributions to cinema and breadth of knowledge, his films usually just bore me. I did however base an entire grad school final exam essay on his quotation that "All non-fiction films are fiction." Maybe I quoted Rivette...or something like that (that was over 40 years ago now!). RIP with condolences to his family and friends.