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French New Wave



In the 1950's, a group of French film critics banded together under the publication "Cahiers du Cinema," a journal dedicated to breaking away from the constrictions and conventions of Classical French Cinema. Over the next ten years, filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut and Claude Chabrol (all original "Cahier" critics) would create a radically new and invigorated form of film. They took their cameras (and their audiences) out of the safety and comfort of the sound stage into the streets of Paris. Long tracking shots were severed by jump cuts within and between scenes creating a jarring, spastic narrative. While a number of their innovations were born of necessity in the Post-World War II French economy, the films created during this time have continued to inspire directors for their resourcefulness and originality. While Godard (Breathless, Band Of Outsiders) and Truffaut (The 400 Blows, Jules et Jim) led the way, other notable names include Agnes Varda (Cleo de 5 a 7), Claude Chabrol (Les Biches, The Unfaithful Wife), Jacques Demy (The Young Girls of Rochefort, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and Louis Malle (Elevator To The Gallows, Murmur of the Heart).

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Breathless

$34.95 | 90 minutes

Former "Cahiers du Cinma" critic Jean-Luc Godard threw everything he had learned from years of movie watching into his debut feature--creating an enormously influential film and a seminal study of existential longing and betrayal. Within the first few minutes, Michel (Belmondo), a foul-mouthed Parisian who idolizes Humphrey Bogart&hellip…

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The 400 Blows

$17.95 | 99 minutes

Director François Truffaut's first feature film, THE 400 BLOWS, is a landmark in French cinema. Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) is a 13-year-old boy who can't seem to do anything right. His parents yell at him and then bribe him for his love and his promises to work harder in school. Meanwhile, his schoolteacher is out&hellip…

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Shoot the Piano Player

$34.95 | 81 minutes

Francois Truffaut's second feature is a tender, playful but ultimately tragic story of a man who has never recovered from a past betrayal. Charlie, once a renowned concert pianist, now plays background music in a run-down bar. A sympathetic waitress there loves him, but Charlie can neither forgive nor forget his former wife's infidelity…

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Elevator To the Gallows

$34.95 | 92 minutes

This psychological thriller is imbued with a wonderful Parisian atmosphere and a moody, improvisational score by legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. A beautiful woman, Florence, and her lover, Julien, plan to murder her husband (who happens to be Julien's boss as well), so they can be together. After carefully carrying out the crime&hellip…

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Jules et Jim

$34.95 | 105 minutes

JULES AND JIM is François Truffaut's intense, beautiful, enigmatic film about the lifelong friendship between two writers – French novelist Jim (Henri Serre) and Austrian children's author Jules (Oskar Werner) – and their mutual love for the eccentric Catherine (Jeanne Moreau). With artful black-and-white imagery, the&hellip…

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Lacombe, Lucien

$25.95 | 138 minutes

This unflinching film by legendary director Louis Malle was one of the first of its time to openly discuss the troublesome issue of French collaboration with the Nazis during World War II. It follows an innocent young man (the very talented Pierre Blaise, who was killed in a car accident a year after the movie was made), who's looking&hellip…

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Masculin Feminin

$25.95 | 105 minutes

A film about "the children of Marx and Coca Cola" directed by the child of Brecht and Hollywood, MASCULINE-FEMININE is a touchstone in the career of Jean-Luc Godard, a window into the kinetic world of Paris in the 1960s, and a high point in the cinema of the French New Wave. It chronicles the love affair between Paul (Jean-Pierre Leaud)&hellip…

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Les Bonnes Femmes

$23.95 | 95 minutes

The dull lives and lofty bourgeois aspirations of four Parisian shop girls serves as the point of departure for Claude Chabrol's haunting French New Wave classic, LES BONNES FEMMES. As the girls count the minutes until their working shift ends, they gossip and contemplate their prospects for happiness. Jane just wants to have fun, Ginette&hellip…

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The Unfaithful Wife

$15.95 | 94 minutes

Another suspense classic from French director Claude Chabrol, this taut psychological thriller tells the tale of a contented, middle-class husband (Michel Bouquet) who suspects his seemingly faithful wife (Stephane Audran) of carrying on an affair. He soon becomes consumed with jealousy and hires a private investigator to ascertain his&hellip…

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Au Revoir, Les Enfants

$25.95 | 101 minutes

Louise Malle's award-winning drama historical drama is a meditative coming of age tale set during the rise of the Nazi Party. Based loosely on Malle's own boyhood at a private boarding school, AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS tells the story of the sad-eyed 12 year old, Julien Quentin (a captivating Gaspard Manesse. Returning for another year at&hellip…

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