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Lecture 8

FILM 279 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Found Object, French New Wave, Continuity Editing


World Cinemas
Course Code
FILM 279
Thomas Lamarre

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Film 279 lecture 8 (FRENCH CINEMA)
New waves
Le cahier
Film critics
Other groups
L’autre rie
Memory, time, image proper, experimental, fiction and documentary
La poite courte: /954
o Struggles the line b/w fiction, time,
o Interested in on-site shooting, light, staging a story that is somewhat
theatrical against a real background, fiction/real life background
Like Stromboli, the earth trembles too (idea of setting story in fishing village,
using people there as actors)
o Interest in the frame, staying within the image/the frame, slows down
the flow of cinema
o Varda, photographer, art history, interest in the very composition of the
image .
Limited budget,
No previous knowledge of cinema
Eer fil’s priar futio is to oe, to take place in time. To clarify
relationships. Cinema is an object of thought.
o Use camera as a way of composing through shots a narrative that is
dense, has depths
Aleader Astru, La aera-stlo
All is writing : editig, sui, olor…
o Agnès Varda
o Vertov, everything is montage
o Not montage for her,, but writings
o Using visuals is another way of writing, compose, make stories
Her films hover b/w fiction and documentary, they explore the boundaries b/w
what is fictional (Constructed, a cliché: seen and accepted as what it is) and the
reality of living in space and under the impact of time
o Interest to see how two actors live within a space and how the space acts
upon them, their feelings and change it, the weight that passing of time
and space on fictional characters
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Films is constructed as a text where each shot counts as well as the relation b/w
the shots
o Nothing left to chance
Focuses on the details that complicates and enlarges the narrative
o Found object, stands for, resonates symbolic to what happens in the
Film is about mov and the mystery of time: the change that invest perceptions,
heats and appearances
o Cléo from 5 to 7 (follow her in real time) (camera exploring the impact of
time on the character, the story)
Cinema is the mov of sensations… i a fil olor circulates like blooD (varda)
o Technique about materiality of life, emotions
o Materiality of the body as represented in cinema
Developing image
Varda shows how images change over time, throughout the film or a shot
The moment, each moments, is important, and it is important that it will pass
o Tie happe to us, do’t reall ko hat it is
Varda represents how every moment is changed by following moments,
redeemed by following moments
o Staying within a story, events, and following their unfolding
Image not just image, keeps developing according to the encounter, the intensity
of the gaze upon the image
o Time, memory and image
New wave movement (by itself, 1959 to only a couple of years)
film history and criticism (new wave interested in film history and criticism)
We were the first directors to know that Griffith exists
o Jean-Luc Godard
Idea that 1st time we are looking back
Les cahiers du cinema
o Influenced, interested in American cinema and Italian neorealism
o Studying old production,
o Create they own filmmaking language out of that
o Cinephiles, historian that studied the past
o Knowing rules of cinema, but at the same time
+ improvisation
o everything is possible in cinema
o once you know those rules, you can improvise with them (Jean-Luc
o What I wanted was to take a conventional story and remake, but
differently, everything the cinema has done, I also wanted to give the
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