What is french new wave and how it came about:
The french new wave came about in the 1950’s, however it didn’t properly establish itself until Francois Traffaut made his directorial debut 400 blows which was screened in 1959.
The new wave came about at a time when values in france were changing, at a time just after world war 2 which saw political, social and economic changes that influenced its youth culture and idealogies. The combination of the rejection of the classic cinema and new youth ideals led to the style that is the french new wave.
The new wave was a way to emphasize freedom of expression, speech and thought, showing peoples journeys, there challenges and difficulties, a way of revealing peoples lives in a never seen before way.
The methods used in the new wave were unconventional and unique to the NW as the people who started these new techniques were all once film critics of the old tradional french cinema, so they knew a lot about the history and theory in film but less about technicalities of film making, in essance making it up as they went along, what we would describe now as ‘guerilla film making’.
The stylistic methods in the new wave usuing, jump cuts, long tracking shots, handheld camera shots and external filming locations were all used to create the expressive form of the new wave, not to confuse the audience as they werent used to this type of cinema but to Make audience realsie they were still only watching a film, and to question cinema itself by drawing attention to the conventions used in filmmaking and also to break past the common expectations of tradional french cinema and at this time where people in france wanted change it was the perfect introduing to bring something new to french cinema which its success ultimately led to the rejuection of the tradional style.
The leaders and most influential people of this new wave are the well know directors Louis Malle, Claude Chabrol, Alain Resnais, Jean-Luc Godard and...