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French New Wave Film Guide
The 400 Blows
Need help on where to start?
we take you through the best loved french new wave films [read more]

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Updated! Top Ten Lists
Jules and Jim
Already seen the classics and ready for more?
we break down the best of the best, by director, actor, style, and content [read more]

  • NEW REVIEW! Eric Rohmer's 'An Autumn Tale'


    Winner of Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival and the American National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Language Film, An Autumn Tale is a delightful comedy about the lives of two women set in the ancient rural landscape of the Rhone Valley in southern France. [read more]

    Autumn Tale
  • NEW! Our Top 10 Jacques Demy Films


    While his contemporaries were drawn to the aesthetics of Film Noir and Italian neo-realism, Demy loved the style and sentiment of American musicals, which he reset in a French context and transformed into something magical... [read more]

    Jacques Demy Top 10
  • Astruc's renowned 'La Camera-Stylo'


    A seminal article of film theory and an important influence on the French New Wave, Alexandre Astruc conceived of a total cinema in which every component should have equal importance. [read more]

    La Camera Stylo
  • American New Wave


    From the 1950s to Direct Cinema to New Hollywood, learn all about the rise of the American New Wave in our new section. [enter here]

    Emmanuelle Riva
  • French New Wave Women's Fashion


    We explore the style and influence of the French New Wave directors and their starlets on the fashion world from the 1960s to today. Includes a special feature on style icon Anna Karina! [read more]

    Anna Karina Fashion




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