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Old 12-28-2013, 10:41 PM   #1
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Default French New Wave cinema

So I'm newly initiated to the genre.

Breathless is the first title I've seen and talk about an exciting introduction.

Love Godard's style and can see why he had such a huge impact and influence.

What are some of your favorite titles?

On to checking out Vivre sa vie, Band of Outsiders, and Jules & Jim next.
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I've slacked in this area. I've only seen 2: Breathless and The 400 Blows. Both are excellent films.
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Default Re: French New Wave cinema

I remember learning about it in the History of Film... sorry I can't add more.
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Old 02-07-2014, 02:37 PM   #4
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'Vivre sa vie'. Another Beautiful Godard film. I'm now in love with Anna Karina.

It also features some of the finest breasts ever captured on film.











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I don't like Godard but I still have to see Pierot le Fou.

I saw Rififi last week (pre new wave, but fantastic). Also check out Jean Pierre Melville's stuff.

Japanese new wave was better.
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Default Re: French New Wave cinema

this is a welcome thread since i haven't watched a french film of any kind for a couple years. on the plus side, i do read bande dessinees all the time!


WP lists these ones as key films in french new wave:

Le Beau Serge (1958)
The 400 Blows (1959)
Hiroshima mon amour (1959)
Breathless (1960)
Lola (1961)
Adieu Philippine (1962)
Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962)
La Jetée (1962)


only seen about two, and that was a long time ago. damn.
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I don't like Godard but I still have to see Pierot le Fou.

How many of his films have you seen?

I can see why some wouldn't be into him, and that's why I wouldn't argue very passionately on his behalf. The two scripts I'm familiar with both showed a tendency to get a bit bogged down with the long-winded and expository philosophical conversations, but when he lets loose with his freewheeling style it's beautiful to watch visually.


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Japanese new wave was better.

Never heard of Japanese New Wave.

Recommendations?
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How many of his films have you seen?

I can see why some wouldn't be into him, and that's why I wouldn't argue very passionately on his behalf. The two scripts I'm familiar with both showed a tendency to get a bit bogged down with the long-winded and expository philosophical conversations, but when he lets loose with his freewheeling style it's beautiful to watch visually.


Never heard of Japanese New Wave.

Recommendations?

branded to kill
High and Low
Harakiri

onibaba
Funeral parade of roses

I know I'm forgetting a TON of movies, basically check out japanese movies from the 60s

From Godard I've seen Breathless, Weekend and something else that didn't motivate me to ever see his other movies
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Holy f*ck 'The 400 blows' is an amazing movie.

That was a debut film?!

Essential viewing without a doubt.

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400 blows was one of the ones i watched, hooray!


so it's not new wave, but i'm watching one of the best french erotic films of all time right now-- betty blue (1986). original title: "37°2 le matin."




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Nice. Never heard of that one, gigantes.

Ever seen 'Rust and Bone'? That got me into French films when I saw it last year. Hard to believe Marion Cotillard didn't even get nominated for an Oscar for that powerhouse role. J-Law pulled a series of heists last awards season.
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Nice. Never heard of that one, gigantes.

Ever seen 'Rust and Bone'? That got me into French films when I saw it last year. Hard to believe Marion Cotillard didn't even get nominated for an Oscar for that powerhouse role. J-Law pulled a series of heists last awards season.

Want to see that.

His previous movie, A Prophet, is fantastic.
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Nice. Never heard of that one, gigantes.

Ever seen 'Rust and Bone'? That got me into French films when I saw it last year. Hard to believe Marion Cotillard didn't even get nominated for an Oscar for that powerhouse role. J-Law pulled a series of heists last awards season.
sounds great, thanks!
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The French New Wave is undoubtedly my favourite film movement.

Pretty much anything by Godard is worth watching, but my particular favorites go a little like this:

-Weekend and Le Mepris (Contempt), by Godard ("End of Story" . "End of Cinema" still remains the most powerful moment in any film I've seen)

-Hiroshima mon amour, by Resnais

-Lola, by Demy

-Codine, by Colpi (very hard to find a psychical copy)

-Le Cercle Rouge, by Melville

If you really enjoy Godard's films, I suggest you check out his other stuff. I'm always interested in people's reactions; most hate his stuff post-Weekend (and quite a few still hate Weekend), but I personally like it even more than his traditional stuff.
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The French New Wave is undoubtedly my favourite film movement.

Pretty much anything by Godard is worth watching, but my particular favorites go a little like this:

-Weekend and Le Mepris (Contempt), by Godard ("End of Story" . "End of Cinema" still remains the most powerful moment in any film I've seen)

-Hiroshima mon amour, by Resnais

-Lola, by Demy

-Codine, by Colpi (very hard to find a psychical copy)

-Le Cercle Rouge, by Melville

If you really enjoy Godard's films, I suggest you check out his other stuff. I'm always interested in people's reactions; most hate his stuff post-Weekend (and quite a few still hate Weekend), but I personally like it even more than his traditional stuff.

After 'Breathless' and 'Vivre sa vie', I can already tell I'm most likely going to be a Godard fanboy who thinks he can do little to no wrong. The other day, I placed my first overseas order on Amazon.co.uk for 'Une femme mariee'. The region free blu from Masters of Cinema.

Thanks for the recs.

Do you not like Truffaut at all? None of the Antoine Doinel films or 'Shoot the Piano Player'? I'm going to be checking out 'Jules & Jim' next.
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