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The French New Wave The term French New Wave or La Nouvelle Vague refers to the work of a group of French film-makers between the years 1958 to 1964 The film directors who formed the core of this group Franois Truffaut Jean-Luc Godard Claude Chabrol Jacques Rivette and Eric Rohmer were once all film critics for the magazine Cahiers du Cinma Other French directors including Agns Varda and Louis Malle soon became associated with the French New Wave movement This essay examines what was distinctive about the early films of these directors During the late 1950s and early 1960s young film-makers in many countries were creating their own new waves for example the working-class cinema of the angry young men in Britain but the new wave movement in France turned out to be the most influential The French New Wave directors background in film theory and criticism was a major factor in this They changed notions of how a film could be made and were driven by a desire to forge a new cinema The Cahiers du Cinma critics were highly critical of the glossy formulaic and studio-bound French cinema of the 1940s and 1950s but praised the work of 1930s French film-makers Jean Renoir and Jean Vigo and the work of the Italian neo-realists including Roberto Rossellini and Vittorio De Sica They also championed certain Hollywood directors for example Alfred Hitchcock Nicholas Ray and Howard Hawks who they saw as auteurs authors of their films despite the fact that they worked within studio systems making genre pictures These directors were labelled auteurs because of distinctive themes that could be detected running throughout the body of their work Through their writings the Cahiers du Cinma critics paved the way for cinema to become as worthy of academic study as any other art form In the late 1950s the Cahiers du Cinma critics took the opportunity to become film auteurs themselves when film
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