The French New Wave: An Artistic School / Edition 1

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The French New Wave remains one of the most important and popular movements in film history. Available in English for the first time, The French New Wave: An Artistic School is a lively introduction to this critical moment in film history by one of the world's leading scholars on the New Wave.

Michel Marie discusses the movement from social, political-economic, and historical perspectives while taking into consideration technical and aesthetic concerns. Marie clarifies the essential traits of the New Wave and presents the key directors, producers, actors, and cinematographers. Illustrative film stills and a chronology of events make The French New Wave a must-read for anyone interested in this critical and creative moment in cinema history.

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Editorial Reviews

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'Michel Marie, legendary cinephile and scholar of French cinema, has fashioned a three-dimensional map of the New Wave ‘School', providing its genesis and morphology as well. The table of contents alone is full of important ideas and promising directions. Yet within this brilliant organization operates the eye and the sensibility of someone who is intimate with these intimate films. What a vast film-culture subtends this tidy study.' Dudley Andrew, Yale University

'In Richard Neupert's extremely readable translation, Michel Marie's French New Wave is just what the directors ordered – a rat-a-tat-tat new look at the Nouvelle Vague that is fresh and irreverent. Michel Poiccard/Jean-Paul Belmondo would have loved it.' Rick Altman, University of Iowa

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631226574
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Michel Marie is Professor of Film Studies and Chair of the Department of Cinema and Audiovisual Studies at the University of Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle. He has published critical studies on Godard's Contempt and Breathless, and is co-author of L'Analyse des films (1988), L'Esthétique du film (1993), and Dictionnaire théorique et critique du cinéma (2001).

Richard Neupert is Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Georgia. He is author of The End: Narration and Closure in the Cinema (1995) and A History of the French New Wave (2002), and translator of Aesthetics of Film (third edition, 1997).

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Table of Contents

Translator's Note
Introduction 1
1 A Journalistic Slogan and a New Generation 5
L'Express and their "New" Campaign 5
From the Perspective of Critical Cinema Journals 8
The Colloquium at La Napoule 10
Birthdate: February-March 1959 12
A Rather Morose "Young Academy" 16
French Cinema in 1958: The State of Affairs 19
2 A Critical Concept 26
A Critical School 26
Alexandre Astruc's Manifesto 31
Francois Truffaut's Lampooning Essay 33
Theories of Adaptation 36
The Front Page of the Journal Arts 40
The Politique des Auteurs 41
The American Model 44
The New Wave: An "Artistic School" 46
3 A Mode of Production and Distribution 49
An Economic Concept: "The Small Budget Film," Was it Myth or Reality? 49
Two Small Budget Films, "Outside the System" 49
Good Economic Health 52
A Subsidized Cinema 53
The Denunciation of Blockbuster Super-Productions 55
Self-Produced Films 57
Three Producers 62
Films by "Old and New" Directors in the Public Arena 66
4 A Technical Practice, an Aesthetic 70
The New Wave's Aesthetic 70
The Auteur Director 72
The Plan-of-Action Script 77
Techniques of Adaptation, the Relation to Writing 79
Exiting the Studios and the Rediscovery of Location Shooting 81
Techniques of Filming 86
Montage/Editing 92
Synchronized Sound 95
5 New Themes and New Bodies: Characters and Actors 98
"Marivaudage and Saganism": From Astruc to Kast to Doniol-Valcoze 98
The Universe of the Auteurs 103
A New Generation of Actors 109
Female Figures of the New Wave 121
6 The New Wave's International Influence and Legacy Today 127
Precursors 128
The Influence of the New Wave on International Cinema 131
The New Wave, Avant-Garde, and Experimental Cinema 135
The Historical Consequences of the Movement: The New Wave Today 136
The Perpetuity of the New Wave Films 138
App Chronology of Major Political and Cultural Events, 1956-63 141
Notes 147
Bibliography 153
Index 162
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