When the jump cut first appeared in Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless, people thought the edit was a mistake. Then, after realizing they were a brand new editing technique, they were amazed.
That's who Godard was, someone who seemingly effortlessly helped the art of cinema leap forward.
If there was a rule of cinema, Godard broke it. He mixed snobby topics with the urbane. And Godard never shied away from sharing his opinions far and wide.
Godard ushered in the modern era of cinema by being one of the pioneers of the French New Wave. This movement not only changed the way film was seen around the world, but it shrunk the globe. People began to seek out cinema from other countries. To study it, talk about it, and celebrate it.