15. Independent Cinema and the French New Wave

THE FRENCH NEW WAVE AND INDEPENDENT FILM - ORIGINS OF THE FRENCH NEW WAVE - CHARACTERISTICS OF THE FRENCH NEW WAVE - OLD STORIES FOR A NEW CINEMA - FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT'S THE 400 BLOWS (LES QUATRE CENTS COUPS)- THE JUMP CUT AND JEAN-LUC GODARD'S BREATHLESS - NEW FILMMAKING TECHNOLOGY - THE FRENCH NEW WAVE AND THE FUTURE OF FILMMAKING

Filmmakers have been making independent films since the earliest days of cinema, however it was the burgeoning of the French New Wave in the 1950s and 1960s that would change filmmaking forever. These artists and thinkers first articulated auteur theory, not coincidentally creating various provocative new filmmaking techniques along the way. This guide explores the history of filmmaking in France and its influence on the styles of the movement, as well as providing an analysis of two of the New Wave's most recognizable works: The 400 Blows and Breathless. The guide is completed with a discussion of the important legacy left by the filmmakers of the French New Wave, and their influence on artists in the present day.

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