Thursday, 1 December 2011

Lecture 5: Film theory 2

'French new cinema wave'
Who were the new waves? British and French movement - focus on paris


French film makers:
Jean Luc Godard 

Francios Truffaunt

Claude Chabrol

Jacques Rivette

Eric Rohmer

All were once film critics and were involved writing cahiers du cinema. 


The French new wave and European art cinema:

  • Henri Langlois and the Paris Cinematèque
  • André Bazin and the realist tradition
  • Cahiers du Cinema
  • From Critics to Auteurs
  • Against the “Cinema of Quality”
  • Discovery of American genre films
  • Cinematic, rather than literary, values
  • Importance of personal expression
  • Spontaneity and digression
Stressed the individual, experience of free choice, sense of absurdity in human life, use free will.
Jean Luc Godard - Breathless 1930

Reinventing film from the ground up
Basis in American gangster films
Location shooting, natural lighting, handheld camera
Reality of story/ reality of film
Ambiguities of camera, identification, of ending



French new wave: The editing style

  • Free style did not conform to editing rules
  • Discontinuous
  • Jumps cuts



French new wave: Mood shifts

  • infatuation
  • boredom
  • romanticism
New wave films:

1959
François Truffaut, The 400 Blows
Alain Resnais, Hiroshima Mon Amour

1960
Jean-Luc Godard, Breathless
François Truffaut, Shoot the Piano Player

1961
Jacques Rivette, Paris nous appartient
Jean-Luc Godard, A Woman Is A Woman
Alain Resnais, Last Year At Marienbad

1962
François Truffaut, Jules and Jim
Agnes Varda, Cleo From 5 to 7
Jean-Luc Godard, My Life To Live

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