French New Wave

French New Wave

Films and Movie Memorabilia

The French New Wave was considered a European art form during the late 50s and 60s and it was led by a group of young filmmakers who were connected to the anti-establishment magazine ‘Cahiers du cinema’. The French New Wave movement was a self-conscious rejection against the trend of the older French directors, their literary styles, and their more restrained approach to filmmaking. Alexandre Astruc’s manifesto, “The Birth of a New Avant-Garde: The Camera-Stylo”, published in L’Écran on 30 March 1948, outlined some of the ideas of the French New Wave that were later expanded upon by director François Truffaut and the Cahiers du cinéma. It argues that “cinema was in the process of becoming a new means of expression on the same level as painting and the novel.” Truffaut ultimately devised the ‘auteur theory’, which stated that the director was the “author” of his work; that directors such as Jean Renoir, Nicholas Ray and Alfred Hitchcock have distinct styles and themes that permeate all of their films. Although his theory was not widely accepted then, it gained some support in the 1960s from American critic Andrew Sarris who gave it its name. Cahiers co-founder and theorist André Bazin also was a prominent source of influence for the birth of the French New Wave movement. By means of criticism and editorialization, the Cahiers du cinema laid the groundwork for a set of concepts, revolutionary at the time. The French New Wave was to be more rebellious, personal and freewheeling. Such innovative stylistic decisions to use radical jump cuts, on location shooting, improvise dialogue, natural lighting, hand-held cameras and shots that go beyond the common 180° axis added a raw style and spontaneous energy to the films. The French New Wave also incorporated such cinematic aesthetics as newsreel footage, photographic stills, freeze frames, panning shots, wipes, masking, dolly shots, and voice-over narration. Key themes explored in the French New Wave include breaking the distinguishing boundaries of realism, establishing ambiguous narratives, and the idea of exploring the liberating sexual freedoms between men and women. The French New Wave movement was broken into two subgroups: the Cahiers du Cinema group and the Left Bank Cinema group. The Cahiers du Cinema group was looked at as more famous and financially successful. Most of the critics were younger, more literary and much more hardcore movie buffs. The filmmakers who constituted the Cahiers du Cinema group were Claude Chabrol, Francois Truffaut, and Jean-Luc Godard. The Left Bank New Wave group of Alain Resnais, Chris Marker and Agnes Varda, were a contingent of filmmakers who were slightly older than the Cahiers du Cinema group. They tended to see cinema through the themes of abstract memory, surrealistic dreams and experimental filmmaking. The French New Wave was also influential with its cool detachment of narcissistic characters who were selfish, obsessed with themselves and oblivious to society and of the outside world. These anti-heroes in the cinema was a direct response to the anti-establishment of authority figures and of the rebellious youth in the late 1960’s, which would start a trend that would be expanded upon by upcoming method actors with the rise of the New Hollywood Movement in America during 1967-1974.

French New Wave
Featured French New Wave Films

Articles and Essays on French New Wave

Agnès Varda receives an Honorary Palme d’Or at Cannes

Influential French New Wave filmmaker Agnès Varda received an honorary Palme d’Or at the 68th Cannes Festival. The Palme d’Or award goes to directors whose work achieved a culturally and global impact to world cinema. Her winning followed in the footsteps of such legendary greats Woody Allen, Bernardo Bertolucci and Clint Eastwood. Her career is […]


Weekend (1967)

Jean-Luc Godard’s cathartically political and infuriating masterpiece Weekend is one of the key films of the late 1960’s. It is on one hand a chaotically brilliant black comedy and on the other hand a surrealistically acid disdain on the nihilistic bourgeoisie consumer society. Weekend is less like a film and more like a abstract angry political collage, as its pop art […]


Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)

It is said in France that between the afternoon hours of five to seven, those are the magical hours that lovers first meet one another. And during these two hours of Agnes Varda’s film Cleo from 5 to 7, nothing can be further from the truth. (Even though technically the film is clocked in at only 90 minutes.) […]


Shoot the Piano Player (1960)

Francois Truffaut’s Shoot the Piano Player is one of Truffaut’s most entertaining and affectionate tributes to the low-budget pulp crime genre, and of the comic films of Chaplin Chaplin and The Marx Brothers that he grew up adoring. It tells the simple story about a classical pianist, who tries to run away from his past after his wife’s tragic suicide, and […]


Pierrot Le Fou (1965)

If a viewer is not used to the films of French director Jean-Luc Godard, than Pierrot le fou can be an extremely frustrating experience. Like other great artists like Bergman, Fellini, Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer and Tarkovsky, once you get used to the world that Godard has created for you, you end up appreciating and enjoying his films much more. And […]

Page 1 of 3123
French New Wave
Diva 1982 French New Wave Original Movie Poster
diva 1982 french new wave original movie poster
A History of the French New Wave Cinema by Richard John Neupert 2002
a history of the french new wave cinema by richard john neupert 2002
Jean Luc Godard All Movie book photo Anna Karina Breathless French New Wave
jean luc godard all movie book photo anna karina breathless french new wave
The French Montana Video Wave 2 Video Mix  Mixtape CD  DVD Double Disc
the french montana video wave 2 video mix mixtape cd dvd double disc
AP FRENCH Vibrations and Waves MIT Introductory  Brand New
ap french vibrations and waves mit introductory brand new
Francois Truffaut Correspondence 1945 1984 French New Wave 500 Letters
francois truffaut correspondence 1945 1984 french new wave 500 letters
JEAN LUC GODARD scarce brochure PIERROT LE FOU French New Wave Classic BELMONDO
jean luc godard scarce brochure pierrot le fou french new wave classic belmondo
French Fascism  The Second Wave 1933 1939 by Robert Soucy 1997 Paperback
french fascism the second wave 1933 1939 by robert soucy 1997 paperback
ANNA KARINA French New Wave Pioneer SIGNED
anna karina french new wave pioneer signed
Weekend Mint DVD OOP Jean Luc Godard Mireille Darc Jean Yanne French New Wave
weekend mint dvd oop jean luc godard mireille darc jean yanne french new wave
MICHEL MARIE The French New Wave An Artistic School  Brand New
michel marie the french new wave an artistic school brand new
french 1960s jean luc godard new wave movie book pictures dated 1963 rare

« Previous12345...89

Products previously bought from this site:
new model army great expectations 1990 french 12 45 ex, the french montana video wave pt 1 , blondie dreamingsound asleep french chrysalis 7 1979, on the french rivieranew wave bonus track by dizzy gillespie cd, the wolfgang press big sex ep french import 1987 new wave vgvg, 5 pc 100 remi human hair extensions weft weave 14 amp; 16 amp; closure wet n wavy, perforated baguette pan homono nonstick perforated french bread pan wave loaf, the french montana video wave pt 2, passage taboos 12 1981 with taboodub french, dancing french liberals of 48 powerline 1995 broken rekids record lp new, 5 rolls manicure tape stickers waves striping tape nail art tips decoration, diva 1982 french new wave original movie poster, hiroshima mon amour criterion collection 196 alain resnais french new wave, le seul element demon cd brand new album from french experimental noise wave , mohawk home new wave caffe latte primary printed rug 18x39 brown, a history of the french new wave cinema by richard john neupert 2002, nonstick perforated baguette pan french bread pan wave loaf bake bakeware mould, 2 garnier thiebaut gant mitt washcloth french spa towel white blue stripes wave , nail art vinyl manicure stencil guide serpentine tail waves tip sticker 1 box, mohawk home new wave french cellar printed rug set multi, vol 3french new wave jazz on french new wave jazz on cdjewel case, new order round amp; round french 12 single ps factory 80446 1989 joy division, jean paul belmondo french new wave movie star 2002 mnh stamp sheetlet, various artistsfrench new wave cd new, french home mediterranean wave 40ounce ice clear decanter, ian dury new boots amp; panties stiff 77 french gatefold lp, blondie atomic 7 french pressing eat to the beat sleeve, mens tshirt by fcuk french connection waves short sleeved, mohawk home new wave caffe latte primary 1 8x3 9 small area rug, wave gods french montana hosted by max b mix cd rap hip hop ramp;b rnb mixtape cd, on the french rivieranew wave by dizzy gillespie vinyl apr2017, shouting in cafes in embrace cherry 84 french cherry red 7 ps exex, jean luc godard all movie book photo anna karina breathless french new wave , impress presson manicure oval edition halloween edition french 24 count, debbie harry french kissin in the usa 7 vinyl single, dogs end of the gang i wanna be loved johnny thunders skydog french punk rock, ultra plus human blend hair for weaving french wavefrench bodyfree shipping, mohawk home new wave caffe latte primary printed rug 26x310 brown no tax, the french montana video wave 2 video mix amp; mixtape cd amp; dvd double disc, mohawk home new wave french cellar printed rug set multi no tax, nwt gymboree hop n roll everyday favorites french terry wave shorts size 8, french connection tapir wave print swimsuit blackwhiteblue size m g52, blondie sunday girl 1979 french export 745 rpm vinyl single, hiroshima mon amour dvd alain renais french new wave 1959 criterion, french connection yellow dress in animal wave sequin 10, nwt $32 kensie next wave french terry boxer shorts heather gray gold trim sz xs, shopkins plush fiona fries french red wave 3 stuffed animal toy bnwt, history of the sparks french lp carrere giorgio moroder new wave prog 7281, dizzy gillespie new wave dizzy on the french riv uccu3177 cd japan 2012 obi, ap french vibrations and waves mit introductory brand new , francois truffaut correspondence 1945 1984 french new wave 500 letters, waves blues and browns dribble bib bandana bib baby bib, eric rohmerrealist amp; morallstfilm directorfrench new wavevery good cond 1st, primevals live a little lp vinyl french new rose 1987 12 track with inner, primevals live a little lp vinyl french new rose 1987 12 track with inner and a, wasp factory pretty quicklyugly slowly lp vinyl french midnight music 1990 9, stranglmartin st lp vinyl french musidisc 1990 10 track 108661, never mind the jacksonsheres the pollocks various lp vinyl french abstract, those french girls st lp vinyl uk issue pressed in france safari 1982 11 track, sense hold on lp vinyl french carrere 1983 9 track with inner 66033, michel madore la chambre nuptiale lp vinyl french egg 1979 3 track 910007, true west hollywood holiday lp vinyl french new rose 1984 8 track rose23, belouis some some people lp vinyl french parlophone 1985 9 track with inner, dr feelgood casebook lp vinyl french liberty 1981 16 track some wear on the, chris spedding cafe days lp vinyl french new rose 1990 11 track rose216, moon martin street fever lp vinyl french capitol 1980 11 track white label test, duran duran st lp vinyl french emi 1981 9 track with inner 2c07064382, primevals eternal hotfire lp vinyl french new rose 1984 6 track mini album, jean neplin and individual state happening lp vinyl french dorian 1981 6 track, new fr french keyboard asus k75 k75d k75de oknb06242fr00 348mm wavefr, jass theme wr 12 vinyl french wax trax 1988 3 track bw dubmix and radio, farm mind 12 vinyl french produce 1991 2 track 12 mix promo bw contorted, lilac time dreaming 12 vinyl french creation 1991 3 track promo bw dreaming, virgin prunes love lasts forever 12 vinyl french new rose 1986 lovelornalimbo, sun carriage a kiss to tell ep 12 vinyl french wiiija 1991 3 track featuring, king of the slums its dead smart 12 vinyl french midnight music 1990 4 track

Copyright © 2017 — Classic Art Films — All Rights Reserved