Learn about the cinematic genre, New Wave, with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series.
Cool. Auteur. Jump cut. Godard. Truffaut. New Wave.
These were the words on every film lovers’ lips in the late 1950s and 1960s. A new type of cinema was exploding on screen.
The French New Wave, or Nouvelle Vague, was one of the most influential movements in the history of cinema. This style of cinema dazzled and divided audiences and critics. It was not an organized movement but a broad sweep of ideas, many different films-makers and hundreds of films.
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A short but detailed introduction to French New Wave cinema, narrated in upbeat and cheery tones while fun music plays in the background. Performer Jude Beaumont describes the origin of the New Wave and its stylistic innovations, focusing on the stars, directors, and films that made the genre so memorable. She also notes the importance of the magazine Cahiers du Cinéma, French government funding programs, and left-leaning politics in general. This is a well-done if brief primer on the form, and a nice choice for someone looking to put a favorite film into context.
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