In the late 1950s, a group of French film critics at Cahiers du Cinéma left behind criticism and became filmmakers. They launched a cinematic movement that came to be known as la Nouvelle Vague, or the (French) New Wave. Breaking with the "Tradition of Quality" of the French film studio model, these New Wave filmmakers focused on independent, auteur films, shot on location using natural light, used experimental editing such as the jump cut, and favored narrative ambiguity. This series presents selections from the French New Wave ranging from musical to documentary, features to shorts, and iconoclasts of the movement to lesser-known figures.
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