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5.10.2007

The French New Wave

20 comments:

GetFlix said...

Directors Fran├žois Truffaut, Louis Malle, Jean-Luc Godard, and Eric Rohmer, (note my earlier review of “Chloe in the Afternoon”) are four icons from la Nouvelle Vague or New Wave. In many ways, todays popular culture is indebted to the style and craft of these French filmmakers.

Once upon a time, in the late 1950s, a movement began among a group of young people. These individuals had assembled around film critic Andre Bazin, and essential revolted against the traditional motion picture studio. The assembly line process perfected in Hollywood was too far removed from actual human spirit. Movies from big production studios were more interested in quantity rather that quality. They felt each member was in reality an auteur (or author) of his or her own production. In making a film, each would be putting their own signature on their film, elevating their craft in the process to art, as opposed to a mass media/studio production.

Because of the passion, talent and dedication involved not just in making movies, but the critical analysis they shared with each other, several films emerged from this period that continue to shine to this day. The 400 Blows, (currently watching/reviewing) Jules and Jim, Breathless, and Hiroshima, Mon Amour are a few that received international success and bought attention to to the movement.

If you ever get a chance to check out any films from this period, I recommend all I have listed here. (I’ve seen many from this period, but enjoy watching them again.)

Prunella Jones said...

I've never seen any of these but I will definately check one out sometime.

GetFlix said...

I recommend Breathless, Pru. The featured picture is from that film.

kookla@work said...

Louis Malle is one of my favorites. He had the distinction of being married to the wonderful Candice Bergen. Be sure to see "Murmur of the Heart". I love foreign films and especially the French New Wave era. Godard is also excellent.

Great site! I like what you've done with the place!!

joy said...

Flix you are speaking my language. It's making me horny baby.

I've seen this, A few times. Back to back with Irma Vep. It also goes down smooth with 'The Single Girl'.

Louis Malle made a film where A mother seduces her real son, GASP.

Diane said...

Didn't Breathless get badly remade with Richard Gere?

GetFlix said...

Kookla, thanks!!

Joy, I must see Irma Vep!!

Diane, oui!!

LA said...

Is that a young Jean-Paul Belmondo I spy?

GetFlix said...

Yes LA!! A And the actress that plays opposite Jean-Paul is Jean Seberg.

v said...

Ah the Belmondo, smoker of cigs, talker of grit, doer of American women.

Terrible lie said...

ble ble blue... I have been sitting infront of my computer for hours it seems.. I am working so much and today after work i just sat in this chair...My ass is killing me and im not really doing anything i just don't want to move or think hahahaha listening to Don't fear the reaper ahahhaha

GetFlix said...

Belmondo has done well, V!!

Amber, it sounds like your ass has fallen asleep!! You need a day off.

spoon said...

thx for stopping by Getflix...looks like I could really learn a lot about flix here! I don't even know these old films...and wouldn't know how to get hold of them even.

M-M-M-Mishy said...

I think I'm in the same boat as Spoon. I know my video store wouldn't carry any of these flicks. Maybe (fingers crossed) I can catch one on the movie channel one lazy saturday. Too bad. Sounds like something I'd enjoy!

GetFlix said...

Spoon, they're really hard to find.

Mish, I recommend The 400 Blows. Very good and a likely find.

Terrible lie said...

Hey bud..I hope you have a great long weekend...I'm not sure if you guys celebrate the same long weekend we do but hey..Have a great one anywoo!! I have to work it so I started mine on Thursday and I'm donr hahahaha ttyl!!

GetFlix said...

Amber, I think just Canada has the long weekend, but thanks for the props. I just got back from dinner at my friends house and got to check out their new hot tub!! Sweet!!

Hope you enjoy yourself!! Sound like you've earned a break!!

Ffleur said...

I love Jean Seberg's look. Did Mia Farrow steal it?

I saw the film with her and Jean-Paul Belmondo. Didn't he speak French and she spoke English and some bad French in the movie? Was it Breathless? I thought it was called something else. Who directed it? It was tres cool.

GetFlix said...

Ffleur, I think you speak of Breathless. It was directed by Godard. These films are so hip and real. You really have to consider when they were made, to fully appreciate them!!

ffleur said...

Roger that Flixy. I loved the old cars and the fashion in that movie. 1960's Paris was cool.