History of the French New Wave Cinema / Edition 1

History of the French New Wave Cinema / Edition 1

by Richard Neupert
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0299181642

ISBN-13: 9780299181642

Pub. Date: 12/01/2002

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

    The French New Wave cinema is arguably the most fascinating of all film movements, famous for its exuberance, daring, and avant-garde techniques. A History of the French New Wave Cinema offers a fresh look at the social, economic, and aesthetic mechanisms that shaped French film in the 1950s, as well as detailed studies of the most

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    The French New Wave cinema is arguably the most fascinating of all film movements, famous for its exuberance, daring, and avant-garde techniques. A History of the French New Wave Cinema offers a fresh look at the social, economic, and aesthetic mechanisms that shaped French film in the 1950s, as well as detailed studies of the most important New Wave movies of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
    Richard Neupert first tracks the precursors to New Wave cinema, showing how they provided blueprints for those who would follow. Jean-Pierre Melville, Alexandre Astruc, and the young Agnès Varda all offered valuable narrative lessons and cheap production models. They were followed by Roger Vadim and Louis Malle, whose sexy story lines and lively new narrative strategies helped define a marketable, youthful cinema. But Neupert demonstrates that it was a core group of critics-turned-directors from the magazine Cahiers du Cinéma—especially François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, and Jean-Luc Godard—who really revealed that filmmaking was changing forever. Later, their cohorts Eric Rohmer, Jacques Rivette, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, and Pierre Kast continued in their own unique ways to expand the range and depth of the New Wave.
    A History of the French New Wave Cinema captures the dramatic impact these films made upon their release, closely examining such famous movies as The 400 Blows (Truffaut, 1959) and Breathless (Godard, 1960), as well as many less-studied films, including La Pointe Courte (Varda, 1955), Paris Belongs to Us (Rivette, 1960), and Le Bel Age (Kast, 1964).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299181642
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
12/01/2002
Series:
Wisconsin Studies in Film
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrationsix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introductionxv
1Cultural Contexts: Where Did the Wave Begin?3
2Testing the Water: Alexandre Astruc, Agnes Varda, and Jean-Pierre Melville45
3New Stories, New Sex: Roger Vadim and Louis Malle73
4Claude Chabrol: Launching a Wave125
5Francois Truffaut: The New Wave's Ringleader161
6Jean-Luc Godard: Le Petit Soldat207
7The Cahiers du cinema Cohort: Eric Rohmer, Jacques Rivette, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, and Pierre Kast247
Conclusion: A Network of Carrier Waves299
Notes307
Bibliography320
Index331

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