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A History of the French New Wave Cinema

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The 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 195 ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by University of Wisconsin Press (first published 2002)
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An excellent, concise, and informative book for both cinéastes and for people looking for a primer on the French New Wave. Neupert does a great job contextualizing the French New Wave within post-war France and within technological advancements in film and photography. I particularly liked the section on journals like Cahiers du Cinema and their contributions to film theory and practice, and the sections on Agnès Varda and Louis Malle. Good for skimmers who want to get the bird's eye view on whe ...more
Given my druthers, I would rather watch a film by Louie Malle, François Truffaut or Jean-Luc Godard than one by just about any of the current crop of directors. I avoid the films of Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, and their ilk as if they were contagia. I find the tired formulaic style of most present-day cinematic offerings tedious beyond endurance. Even much of so-called indie cinema I find uninspired. The French New Wave seems fresh and original by comparison. My rule is this: show me something ...more
Fairly detailed history of the French New Wave movement, centered mainly on Chabrol, Godard, and Truffaut and usually on films up until about '62/'63. Very nice chapters on the proto-New Wave directors Louis Malle (Elevator to the Gallows) and Roger Vadim (And God Created Woman) especially as Vadim goes incredibly overlooked and an introduction as to how the film movement was related to similiar movements in French literature and culture in general in the decade after WWII. I was hoping for a bi ...more
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