CIN 2190: Lecture #10 April 9th 2013
The birth of cinema and Lumiere brothers NOT ON THE FINAL
certain type of censorship in 40s, 50s in hollywod but not so in france= more free than American
sexual taboo could be talked about
Jules and Jim ménage a trois
The French New wave:
Small budget films made by a new generation of filmmakers
French new wave was not a unfied movement at al
One feature common to many films= budget, small budget films
Expression used by Fancoise Giroud in 1957 to describe the new generation (made up of many women)
which wanted to be entertained.
Many people of this generation were women
Rejection of traditional cinema and filmmakers (cinema de papa Francois Truffauts manifesto “A certain
tendency of French cinema”)
They wanted to refer American cinema, pay tribute to classic cinema
Orson Wells , Howard Hawkes
Film Authorship: the new comers control the whole creative process, from the script to the editing(only 55%
of these new filmmakers were actually new comers.)
Th new wave label came to include all non conformist, nontraditional films.
Creative framework that was thereafter followed by many filmmakers around the world
Breathless one of the most stereotypical, representative, one of the biggest of the French New Wave
“God created woman” new public for a new type of films seeing sexual images on screen were considered
pornographic on screens around the world, where France was not phased by it Bridget Bardot the so
called “Marilyn” of France.
Many newcomers created small budget films at this time.
Et dieu crea la femme/ And god created Woman
Roger adim 1958
Very explicitly erotic Was supposed to correspond to and be representative of the new generation
Partly thanks to the films international success, producers developed an interest in the generation of
filmmakers, actors etc.
The precious generation was ageing
Les amants/ The lovers Louis Malle 1958 : ciritciasm of the bourgeoise
Les Cousins 1959 decadent students wanting to enjoy life. Immediate gratificaition Les 400 coups/The 400
blows francois Truffaut 1959: young teenager neglected by his parents
Hiroshima mon amour/Hirshima my love =Alain Resnais 1959: a French actress has an affrait with a
Japanese man, the