French New Wave Film Series
New Wave is a French film movement that emerged in the 1950s and 1960s and is often referred to as one of the most influential movements in the history of cinema. A form of European art cinema, New Wave films and filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut were linked by their rejection of traditional film conventions then dominating France. They embraced radical experimentation with editing, visual style, and narrative, as well as engagement with the social and political upheavals of the era. Introduced by filmmaker Diego Ongaro, this series will take place on three consecutive Thursdays: April 2, 9, and 16.
- Breathless (1960) For the most emblematic film of the French New Wave starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, the enfant terrible director Jean-Luc Godard breaks free of the rules of cinema and follows the wanderings of a petty thug and a young American woman in Paris.
- The 400 Blows (1959) François Truffaut's first film with the famous character of Antoine Doinel is one of the masterpieces of French cinema. Based on Truffaut's own childhood and wonderfully interpreted by actor Jean-Pierre Léaud, it is a beautiful and heartbreaking film about the difficult life of a young teenager in Paris in the 1950s.
- Pauline at the Beach (1983) This film is post New Wave but still anchored in that movement. Directed by Éric Rohmer, one of the founding members of the French New Wave, it is a delightful tale set on the French coast of Normandy and follows the love life of teenage girl Pauline and her adult cousin Marion.