A History of the French New Wave Cinema by Richard NeupertThe French New Wave cinema is arguably the most fascinating of all film movements, famous for its exuberance, daring, and avant-garde techniques. A History of the French New Wave Cinema offers a fresh look at the social, economic, and aesthetic mechanisms that shaped French film in the 1950s, as well as detailed studies of the most important New Wave movies of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Richard Neupert first tracks the precursors to New Wave cinema, showing how they provided blueprints for those who would follow. He then demonstrates that it was a core group of critics-turned-directors from the magazine Cahiers du Cinema—especially Francois Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, and Jean-Luc Godard—who really revealed that filmmaking was changing forever. Later, their cohorts Eric Rohmer, Jacques Rivette, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, and Pierre Kast continued in their own unique ways to expand the range and depth of the New Wave.
In an exciting new chapter, Neupert explores the subgroup of French film practice known as the Left Bank Group, which included directors such as Alain Resnais and Agnes Varda. With the addition of this new material and an updated conclusion, Neupert presents a comprehensive review of the stunning variety of movies to come out of this important era in filmmaking.
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Released: This semi-autobiographical picture, the one that really got the whole New Wave movement rolling, is an examination of family and adolescence. Director: Claude Chabrol. Director: Jean-Luc Godard. At once an homage to the films of the past and a refutation of every basic rule of moviemaking they set down, it is the epitome of Parisian cool. The result is a rough-edged masterpiece, one befitting its leads: a murderous thug on the run and the American girl who offers him a place to hide out. As well as being a film about films, it crosses, back and forth, the line between comedy and thriller.
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Ramzi De Coster. Through the 50s to 60s the French New Wave brought with it an explosive fountain of art and inspiration that became not merely a pioneering trend in French cinematic culture, but a major source of influence that continues to manifest itself in class and on set around the world. They were among other films technically, structurally and thematically game-changing in their respective historical contexts. It submerged cinema like a tidal wave. Stream Link: Hulu Plus.
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Government funding and lighter cameras provided new opportunities for aspiring filmmakers, whose innovations — along with the general climate of European arthouse cinema — would help usher in a new modernist phase of filmmaking. Truffaut argued that French films had no distinct style, primarily due to the power that screenwriters had over the directors. In , Truffaut took his own advice to heart and made Les coups The Blows , winning Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival and ushering in a new modernist era for him and his colleagues. While the New Wave filmmakers were making a splash, another group of filmmakers called la Rive Gauche the Left Bank were working on their own modernist films. The Left Bank and the New Wave were never in opposition, but they co-existed, and often times intermingled with one another. Along with the New Wave and the Left Bank came a group of uncategorized French filmmakers who belonged to neither film movement.
If you were to add to this the works of those various filmmakers of the era who have been labelled as New Wave at one time or another, as well as those influenced by the movement, both in France and abroad, then the number of potential films would run into the thousands. Getting to grips with the New Wave might understandably therefore seem a daunting prospect for somebody wanting to explore the movement for the first time. With that in mind, this introduction will provide some general context and a brief overview of some of the characteristics associated with the French New Wave. It will also offer some suggestions about where to start your investigations, as well as an overview of the seminal "must see" films which best define the movement. It has now been more than half a century since the directors of the New Wave in French, "Nouvelle Vague" electrified the international film scene with their revolutionary new way of telling stories on film. The New Wave itself may no longer be "new", but the directors and their films are still important.
Just getting started? French New Wave and international new wave cinema. His career began with three accomplished classics — Les Quatre cents coups The Blows and The first assesses the celebrated early years when cinephiles around the world awaited each new Godard release with eager anticipation. Cool, audacious, innovative, funny, intellectual and sexy The films and videos he has made since then are arguably Pitched somewhere between art films and popular