Video Essay: How the French New Wave Changed Cinema
The French New Wave, the film movement on which many young cinephiles cut their teeth.
Its hip, moody black-and-white stories of love, violence, ennui, and social strife provide a perfect entrance into the private-made-public world of cinema. This remarkably detailed video essay both gives us the history of the movement and explains why its disjunctive essence has been so important to today’s filmmakers.
AKA how to tell the story of human greed so that it’s entertaining and revolting at the same time. AKA if history books/teachers would tell things even slightly as colourfully as this, more people would pay attention.
Story is a bit. Well. What do you expect? It’s a full on action flick. Though it has some redeeming moments, a few clever twists or turns can’t save it from the banality that it promises (and delivers). To clarify, there are more not-quite-so-clever twists.
Another not another love story. Beautifully told. Simple enough to follow, yet complicated enough to experience. Dialogue can be a bit sappy at times, but I guess that is a side effect of love rather than just bad writing. Nevertheless it feels stupid. Other times it can be a bit too vague. The dialogue. As well as what’s currently happening. These are mostly minor issues though.