Wednesday, November 5, 2014

French New Wave Era

In 1960, Jean-Luc Godard directed a film along with producer François Truffaut entitled, Breathless. This film along with others such as The 400 Blows, Mon Amour, etc. encompassed the beginning of the French New Wave Era. This type of French filming was formed during the 1950s-1960s exploring the depiction of iconoclasm, which is the desire to shoot about more social issues and experiment further with film. The era, strongly pushed by the talented François Truffaut, was the first uses of realism of narration in film. Godard's film, Breathless portrays the interaction between a french petty criminal and his american girlfriend. Many films of this era followed the idea of common characters and a storyline that is evident in the real world. Another topic of this era was the experimentation in all aspects of film. Experimentation is shown in Breathless as it uses a fairly new technique of film style by using "jump-cuts." The French New Wave was not merely local, many films and their directors influenced internationally with their mass experimental efforts and new storyline ideas.

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