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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The French New Wave

Critical Landmarks

ISBN 9781844572830
Publication Date May 2009
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher British Film Institute

A new, expanded edition of a classic anthology on the French New Wave. Original writings by and interviews with filmmakers and critics such as Godard, Truffaut and Bazin, some newly translated for this edition, are accompanied by critical and contextualising commentary by the editors, leading authorities in the field.

The Editors: Peter Graham has enjoyed a varied career as a film critic, food writer, translator and film-maker. His publications include A Dictionary of the Cinema (1964 and 1968), Classic Cheese Cookery (1988 and 2004) and Mourjou: The Life and Food of an Auvergne Village (1998 and 2004). He lives in Mourjou, France.

Ginette Vincendeau is Professor of Film Studies and Director of the Film Studies Department at King's College London. Her recent publications include Journeys of Desire: European Actors in Hollywood (co-edited with Alastair Phillips, 2006), La Haine (2005) and Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris (2003). She is the editor of the Cine-Files: French Film Guides series at I.B. Tauris and a regular film reviewer for Sight& Sound, BBC Radio 3 and 4 and the BBC World Service.

Preface to the 2009 Edition PETER GRAHAM
Preface to the 1968 Edition PETER GRAHAM
Introduction: Fifty Years of the French New Wave GINETTE VINDENDEAU

1 The Birth of a New Avant-Garde : La Caméra-Stylo ALEXANDRE ASTRUC
2 A Certain Tendency in French Cinéma FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT
3 The Evolution of Film Language ANDRE BAZIN
4 The Delights of Ambiguity: In Praise of Andre Bazin GERARD GOZLAN
5 La Politique des auteurs ANDRE BAZIN
6 Little Themes CLAUDE CHABROL
7 Review of Alexandre Astruc's Une vie JEAN-LUC GODARD
8 The Emperor Has No Clothes ROBERT BENAYOUN
9 Interview with Francois Truffaut CAHIERS DU CINEMA
10 A Case Study: Contrasting Views of A bout de souffle:
Jean-Luc Godard LUC MOULLET
A bout de souffle RAYMONDE BORDE
Le Quai des brumes 1960: A bout de souffle by Jean-Luc Godard GEORGES SADOUL


'This is an indispensable point of reference for anyone interested in the movement.' - Sight& Sound
'The book's resurrection in this slightly expanded new version is very welcome, and it remains faithful to one of the series' hallmarks: the imaginative arrangement of the many carefully selected stills.' - Sight& Sound
'...the re-printed essays in The French New Wave: Critical Landmarks encapsulate an exciting time of cultural change with their fierce opinions and alternative approach towards reading film.' - Scope
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