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    The French New Wave

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    looked like an obstacle unable to be hurdled within the industry, turned out to be one of French New Wave’s defining attributes. With little to no funding, directors had to find alternate ways to film while working on a very tight budget, which meant non-professional actors, little to no script, and innovative methods of filming (Hitchman). These alternatives to the traditional way of film production are responsible for the The French New Wave’s reputation as an audacious movement based on breaking the rules, not only behind the camera, but within the editing room as well. Professional film editor Walter Murch once said “Every film is a puzzle really, from an editorial point of view” (“Walter Murch Quotes”). The editors of the French New…

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    French New Wave Analysis

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    young French cinema indirectly reproached Hollywood’s long-established narratives and restricted storyline subterfuges” (Lanzoni, 206), the French New Wave directors also had a longstanding appreciation for directorial greats like Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang and Orson Welles. Each film was an exercise in honouring great filmmakers, and any other hero of the director: writers, great thinkers and even Hollywood actors, through countless references in style, mise-en-scene or even dialogue. Roy…

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    French New Wave Analysis

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    in the 50s. The most significant one which had the greatest influence on new wave films was la politique des auteurs (The policy of authors). Largely created by Truffaut in his famous essay a certain tendency in French Cinema he argued that a film, through the way in which its images are presented to the audience on the screen, should express and reflect the personality of the director. This policy later became known as the auter theory. These critics were renowned for their praise of some…

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    The French New Wave, also known as La Nouvelle Vague in its home country, France, came to be during the 1950s and 1960s. It was created by a group of French filmmakers who proved that they don’t need mainstream cinema to create and produce successful films. Even if the New Wave wasn’t really a conscious movement it left a legacy with films like À bout de soufflé/Breathless (written and directed by Jean-Luc Goddard). French New Wave rejected the idea of a traditional story in films – they didn’t…

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    French New Wave Cinema during its time was something completely special and different for the world of films. Because of French New Wave it brought on a sense of realism that was never seen before and improvisation that was not considered possible for the cinema to create a film. So using examples from the films “Band of Outsiders” and “Faces” we can see not only the examples of what French New Wave so distinct but also its affects on cinema today. French New Wave itself was a movement based…

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    Week 11 French New Wave Breathless 90 mins, 1960, French Directed By: Jean-Luc Godard Written By: Jean-Luc Godard Synopsis: Paying homage to the numerous crime thrillers of Hollywood’s Golden era, this film charts the relationship between Michel, a stylish but unpredictable criminal, and his estranged American girlfriend. Again, the notion of escapism through the cinema is key to this most famous of the new wave pictures. Essential Readings: Hart Cohen, Juan Francisco Salazar and Iqbal Barkat.…

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    The phrase “New Wave” was a blanket term given to a materializing film movement in Europe in the late1950’s and 1960’s, mainly in France, Italy, and England where an abrupt manifestation of brilliant films emerged. This movement consisted of two groups of directors, the Cahiers , majorly consisting of critics turned filmmakers and the Left Bank who consisted of individuals who went straight into filmmaking. Jean-Luc Godard was within the Cahier division. In collaboration with Francois Truffaut,…

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    Chung King Express has been celebrated for its innovative use of popular cinematic formulas. This is because of Hong Kong new wave film movement. This movement derived from the French new wave is to rebel against conventions. It is to experiment with new equipment and styles, making a social and political statement at the same time. Wong Kar-Wai tries to make a statement about Hong Kong at the time as Hong Kong was being handed back to Peoples republic of China. Wong Kar-Wai experiments with…

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    Iran New Wave Analysis

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    This essay will firstly discuss the main features of Iranian New Wave cinema that made it distinctive from any other around the world, whilst also providing information on the contextual conditions that allowed for this new genre of cinema to flourish amidst an atmosphere of state repression. The latter part of the essay will then be used to identify the similarities that can be drawn between the films of Iranian New Wave and those examined previously in the module, focusing primarily on the…

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    Alfred Hitchcock Auteur

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    became associated consistently with the thriller genre. He received the American Film Institutes Life Achievement award in 1979. In this paragraph, I will be explaining who a “metteur en scene” and who an “Auteur” is? A “metteur en scene” can be defined as the artist or technician who creates the mise en scene (this involves staging of the action and the way that it is photographed) - that is the director. Francois Truffaut who was a film critic writer and one of the most celebrated and…

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