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Anna Karina 400 Blows / Quatre Cents Coups Jean Luc Godard Brigitte Bardot Jean-Pierre Leaud Louis Malle Jules and JIm Francois Truffaut Breathless / A Bout de Souffle Catherine Deneuve Jean Paul Belmondo Jeanne Moreau Claude Chabrol Pierrot Le Fou

French New Wave Film Guide
The 400 Blows
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  • Farewell, Anna Karina...


    The great Anna Karina has passed away at the age of 79. Perhaps more than anybody she embodied the spirit of the New Wave. Read more about her here.

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  • NEW SERIES! New Wave Classic 2: Le Beau Serge


    Claude Chabrol's Le Beau Serge is the second in our comprehensive New Wave Classics series. Read the in-depth review.

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  • UPDATED! American New Wave: New Hollywood 1967-1969


    From Bonnie and Clyde to Easy Rider: read about how the New Hollywood generation reinvented American cinema.

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Jules and Jim
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