This article was written by Woody Lindsey.
“French New Wave is basically, postwar French cinema consisted chiefly of adaptations of literary classics – all very static, cosy and unambitious.Although the New Wave were certainly no less intellectual in their approach to film-making, they were a generation raised on the drama and excitement of Hollywood movies.
A loose group of young film critics and directors, based around France’s film magazine Cahiers du Cinema, struck out to make films with their own voice, influenced heavily by Hollywood – particularly directors such as Hitchcock and Nicholas Ray, who they had previously identified as ‘auteurs’, directors who were the dominant creative force behind their films with their own voice. They rebelled against the traditional French cinema which they felt had become staid and false; dependent on a contrived world of studio sets and screenplays adapted from novels. Instead, they concentrated on bringing a sense of realism to cinema.”
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