by Ranjan Das.
The movement left its mark all over the world, including filmmakers in the US in the late 60s and early 70s who came to be known as the ‘New Hollywood’ — Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma, Dennis Hopper and several others. Its impact was even felt in India in the films of Mrinal Sen and other young filmmakers around that time, many of them graduates of FTII.
Even a classically inclined director like Satyajit Ray, who otherwise was sceptical of undue experimentations, acknowledged its influence on his oeuvre and singled out Godard’s Breathless and Truffaut’s 400 Blows as major inspirations. The movement and its varied styles continue to inspire contemporary filmmakers even today like Quentin Tarantino, amongst others.
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