CIN 2190: Reading #6 March 7th 2013
France: New Wave ( ouvelle Vague) and New Cinema
In France during the late 1950s, the idealism and political movements of the immediate postwar years gave
way to a more apolitical culture of consumption and leisure.
“new wave”▯ would soon govern France.
Many of these young people read film journals and attended screenings at cineclubs and art et essai (“art
They were ready for more offbeat films than those of the Cinema of Quality.
191 Les Quake cents coups (The 400 Blows), Francois Truffaut
1960 A bout de soufflé (Breathless), JeanLuc Godard
1961 Lola Jacques Demy
1962 Jules et jim (Jules and Jim), Francois Truffaut 1963
1963 Le Petit soldat (“The Little Soldier”), JeanLuc Godard
The French New Wave (Nouvelle Vague) is largely responsible for the romantic image of the young director
fighting to make personal films that defy the conventional industry.
But certain cinema but also provided innovations in film form and style.
The principal Nouvelle Vague directors had been film critics for the magazines Cahiers du cinema
adherents of the auteur policy, these men believed that the director should express a personal vision of the
The New Wave’s initial impact came from four films of 19591960.
1. Claude Chabrol’s he Beau Serge and Les Cousins explored the disparity between rural and urban life in
the new France. The first film almost became le French entry at Cannes; the second won a major prize at
the Berlin festival.
2. Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows, a sensitive tale of a boy becoming a thief and a runaway, won the
bestdirection prize at Cann