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The French New Wave

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"Here is a lavish history of the film movement that spawned the careers of Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, and a number of other important contemporary filmmakers. Douchet... considers his subject from almost every possible angle."--Library Journal. "A landmark in film scholarship."--Cineaste
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 2nd 1999 by D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.
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Bob Wake
[Reviewed in 2000]

Jean Douchet’s lavishly illustrated coffee-table book, French New Wave, is an eye-popping tribute to the movement that gained worldwide prominence in 1959/60 with the release of two groundbreaking motion pictures: François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows and Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless. At first glance, this pair of films appear to have little in common. The 400 Blows is a bittersweet autobiographical account of Truffaut’s troubled childhood, whereas Breathless is a lurid crime melod...more
from the chapter titled "Biographical Dictionary of the New Wave":

"Jean-Luc Godard. The quintessential New Wave director, a filmmaker who has made reference (or quotation) one of the pillars of his cinematic style, Godard shows that we live within the disintegration of a civilization forced to navigate among fragments of culture that float around us as the ultimate signs of a world that is disappearing before our eyes. We exist in a mirror world, criscrossed by laser beams that attempt, disconti...more
Allison C. McCulloch
Aug 28, 2008 Allison C. McCulloch rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Allison by: Joe
Freaking fantastic. I put one of those mini-post-it notes by each movie I have finished seeing. Lots of good recommendations, including movies that inspired the French New Wave movement, and movies that slightly preceded the movement. Also, it is very comprehensive, covering movies that are both popular and extremely hard to come by.

Thank you to my friend Joe for getting this book for me.
This is truly an essential book to own reagarding the French New Wave. What you have here is a beautiful coffee-table sized book with origianal writings by Godard, etc. Fantastic images and photos. A must!!!!
This is a great book for a hot day because its so fuckin' cool!
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