The Pocket Essential French New Wave [Secure eReader]
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eBook by Chris Wiegand
eBook Category: Sports/Entertainment/Sports/Entertainment
eBook Description: This Guide reviews and analyses all of the major films in the movement and offers profiles of its principal stars, such as Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina and Brigitte Bardot. There is also an introductory essay, Making Waves, which examines the social context of the movement in France as well as the directors' considerable influence on later generations of film-makers across the globe. A handy multi-media reference guide at the end of the book points the way towards further New Wave resources.
eBook Publisher: Pocket Essentials/Pocket Essentials
Fictionwise Release Date: October 2006
Beautiful women. Suave leading men. Existential angst.
Black and white figures in Parisian cafés. Cigarette
smoke. Lots of it.
The world of French cinema conjures up a hundred
often-parodied clichés for today?s viewer and the films
of the New Wave era supply their own set of distinctive
images. Jean Seberg walking down the Champs Elysées
selling the New York Herald Tribune. The young Jean-
Pierre Léaud running through the streets of Paris with
a stolen typewriter. Charles Aznavour playing honkytonk
piano in a run-down café.Anna Karina and Jean-
Claude Brialy brushing off their feet before going to
sleep. Eddie Constantine, decked out in gumshoe hat
and mac, arriving at the sinister town of Alphaville.
Jean-Paul Belmondo wrapping dynamite around his
painted face. Brigitte Bardot lying naked in a bedroom
asking Michel Piccoli what he thinks of her rear. Jeanne
Moreau, Oskar Werner and Henri Serre cycling
through the countryside.The list is endless.
These images are some of the things that the New
Wave means to me, yet decades after the term was
coined in L?Express magazine, critics continue to argue
over its precise meaning. Some confine the New Wave
to a certain period of time, others to particular directors. Many believe that the film-makers who wrote for the
influential journal Cahiers du Cinéma are the only ones
we can truly describe as belonging to the New Wave.
Among the directors believed at one time or another to
be related to the movement are: Jean-Luc Godard,
François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, Jacques Rivette, Eric
Rohmer, Alain Resnais, Louis Malle, Roger Vadim,
Jacques Demy, Agnès Varda, Chris Marker, Jean Rouch,
Jacques Rozier, Jean Douchet, Alexandre Astruc, Pierre
Kast, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze and Jean Eustache.
Phew! This book doesn't set out to cover every film
made by every film-maker connected with the movement.
Space restrictions make such a task impossible.
Instead, this guide looks at the early years of the movement
named the Nouvelle Vague (New Wave). It examines
the first works of some truly iconoclastic and
innovative directors, and follows roughly a decade of
film-making, from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s.
This was a time when the New Wave had a certain
sense of cohesion, if not in real life then often thematically
and stylistically on the screen.
In choosing the films to be covered, I have primarily
given space to those works that made their directors?
reputations during these years. As the temporal bias
would have led to the exclusion of certain directors?
key critical and commercial successes, such as Truffaut?s
Le Dernier Métro, Chabrol?s Le Boucher and Rivette?s La
Belle Noiseuse, I have included a check list of other New
Wave-related films at the end of the book. For these
and the principal pictures discussed during the book,
you'll find a short note about that film?s availability on
DVD or video.