Monday, September 26, 2011

New Wave's Affects

Between the years of 1959 and 1963, a national film movement known as The New Wave flourised all of European film makers. Francois Truffaut's The 400 Blows was the autobiographical feature to kick off the movement. It gave other young french film makers influential ideas about technology and economic factors that go into movie making. A famous director that came out of that era was Jean-Luc Godard, with is work resembling the Soviet's cinema of the 1920's. He was told that his movie Breathless was too long and needed to be shortened. So instead of cutting scenes, he just made them shorter and used jump cuts to go from one location to the next. This brought a fresh new look to the cinema world, and would shape some movies created today.

The New Wave made its way across the ocean to American cinema, starting with a popular movie Bonnie and Clyde. This generation of young film makers would be known as New Hollywood, and would last into the last 70's.

Most recently, director Quetin Tarantino would be the latest victims of the new wave with his movie Reservoir Dogs. He used similar techniques that Jean-Luc Godard, (jump cuts, improvised dialogue,) which would shock the audience watching it. He even dedicated his film to Jean-Luc Godard, and named his production company A Band Apart.

Last year, I remember taking in class about how movies today are just variations of previous movie themes, styles, and ideas. The New Wave was a huge boom to the industry and definietly supports this idea. It almost impossible nowadays to create something that we haven't seen or done before. It just makes me wonder where the movie industry is heading

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