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Idea #48 - The French New Wave of Cinema

Cinema is directly impacted by the happenings in society, be it social movements, political upheavals or new philosophies of living. Today's topic of discussion revolves around the French New Wave in Cinema

The New Wave is a film movement that rose to popularity in the late 1950s in Paris, France.

This movement aimed to give directors full creative control over their work, allowing them to eschew overwrought narrative in favour of improvisational, existential storytelling. The movement believed that directors are not simply puppets, they should be the 'auteurs' of their films - and therefore create their own visual language.

The Auteur Theory is still in practice today, and we can see it in the works of Tarantino, Scorsese, and many other revered directors.

The other aspects of this wave that have stuck with us even today are:

1. Low Budget Filming

2. Visual Style

3. Experimentation

All of these key elements add up to provide depth to a film, and in turn - provide a more cohesive and impressionable cinema experience to their audience. They open our eyes to new ideas, and force us to push the boundaries of what cinema can do.

Written By: Hetvi Kamdar

Curated By: Hetvi Kamdar


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