Godard used modern and never before seen filmmaking techniques to achieve his artistic ambitions and make films which compelled his audience to immerse themselves completely into its subject matter, but also realize the socio-political reality in the film’s subtext. This approach adopted by Godard ensured that he left his mark on generations to come. However, his influence alone does not make him the great filmmaker he is known to be. His greatness lies in his scathing critique of Hollywood and his audacity to do so publicly at a time when Hollywood dominated the filmmaking scene.
He spelled out the brutal truth that Hollywood was a bourgeoisie-pleasing capitalist venture in totality, a fact that everybody was well aware of but nobody dared to say out loud. Unlike most people in his time, Godard never felt the need to align himself with the existing power structure even if it threatened his professional career. Thus, Godard’s greatness lies in his boldness to swim against the current.