Last week we talked about the power of Roger Corman’s B-Movies throughout the 50s-70s and how many of today’s biggest film stars and directors got their start through Roger… Well, at the same time this was happening, a group of French film critics began one of the most important movements in the history of cinema: The French New Wave!
The French New Wave originated by film critics in the late 50’s who worked for the French magazine “Cahiers du Cinema.” They were incredibly critical with the way mainstream films were being made in France at the time. They decided to take their influence from great Hollywood directors and apply their technicalities to French films.
French New Wave films are known for their stylistic use of the camera, heavy use of jump-cuts, and for their stories about the everyday people of Paris in Post-War France. The French New Wave showed aspiring filmmakers that studios weren’t needed to make a picture and that you can walk down to your local coffee shop and make a film!
We tried to provide a wide array of directors from the movement, but unfortunately a lot of these films are practically impossible to find online (until the Criterion Channel launches, that is), so here are a few of our favorites that are fairly, easily accessible!