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French New Wave By Ionita, Maria

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1214-1
Published: 01/10/2016
Retrieved: 13 June 2024, from


The French New Wave is a term associated with a group of French filmmakers and the films they directed from the late 1950s until the mid-1960s. Its most representative directors were championed by the influential magazine Cahiers du Cinéma, and include François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, Jacques Rivette, Jean-Luc Godard, and Eric Rohmer. Since most of these directors were also prolific film critics, the New Wave is also notable for the important body of theoretical work it produced, particularly the auteur theory introduced by André Bazin, one of the Cahiers’ founders.

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