Sep 26: Lecture: French New Wave (Martine Pierquin)
The Nouvelle Vague (New Wave) is a film movement of the late 1950s and1960s that represents a defining moment of cinematic innovation in French cinema. Directors such as François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Agnès Varda, Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer and Jacques Rivette made films that went against Hollywood conventions and pioneered the concept of auteur cinema, a perspective they supported in the Cahiers du cinema (Cinema notebooks). In this illustrated lecture, we will discuss the cinematic qualities of the Nouvelle Vague, its historical context and lasting impact.
Film: The 400 Blows (Truffaut)
Les 400 Coups (the 400 Blows) by François Truffaut, won Best Mise-en-Scene in Cannes in 1959. A moving autobiographical account of Truffaut’s childhood, the film tells the story of Antoine Doinel (magnificently played by Jean-Pierre Léaud), a mischievous Parisian boy who gets himself into trouble. The film displays key characteristics of New Wave cinema, that will be introduced in the lecture.