Tag Archives: French New Wave

June 13

Frances Ha – Noah Baumback grows a heart and cires “Look at my girlfriend!” (Sydney Film Festival Film Review)

Frances Ha is now showing at the Sydney Film Festival.  You can get your tickets here. Frances Ha is a film that is loved, loved and then loved, most of all for Gerwig’s performance, which is spellbinding.  This is probably the best film to show off her talents to date – and she did write […]

March 24

Katzelmacher – Fassbinder makes his first “bourgeois” film. (film review)

When Fassbinder called Katzelmacher his frist “bourgeois” film (it was made in August 1969 over nine days and is his second feature ever made) word has it he called it that because it is a film conceived against real life rather than other films. The first film he made, Love is Colder than Death (a […]

January 22

2 or 3 Things I know about her – Jean Luc Godard whispers meaningfully. (Film Review)

The above scene is easily one of the greatest in the history of cinema. It is Godard’s beautiful lament as his character stares into the cup of coffee that looks like the active universe that gives this scene its power.  Godard whispers: “But since social relations are always ambiguous, since thought divides as much as […]

Pierrot le Fou – Godard and the ecstasy of words.

One of the lines in Pierrot le Fou (Pierre the fool or Crazy Pete) is a quote or at least an echo from Rimbaud, Une Saison en enfer – A season in hell. This is one of many art references in this film, but possibly sums up this intense period of film making for Godard. […]

SFF: Beasts of the Southern Wild – A film for the Bourgeoisie.

It’s difficult to talk about films like this – films that create a lot of buzz, are very complex in their multiple themes, and rely very heavily on the advantages of context. Overall, I would have to say I didn’t like Beasts of the Southern Wild.  I found it arrogant, preachy and patronizing.  Having said […]

La Belle Noiseuse – Jaques Rivette toys with artistic temperament.

In the hands of such a deft film maker as Jaques Rivette, one assumes every feeling, every idea existent during the film was planted there by the master. Given this assumption and its likely accuracy, what is the most surprising about La Belle Noiseuse is the conflicting inner response to the artists methods experienced while […]

À bout de souffle – At breaths End – Breathless 52 years on.

I watched Breathless (again) last week. I know – lucky lucky me. Of course it inspired me to buy myself a New York Herald Tribune T-shirt. I vowed to only ever wear stripes again. I almost cut all my hair and went back to being a blonde – Almost. So what is there to say […]

Les Cousins – Chabrol takes the French New Wave on a descent to Hell.

Backed with money inherited by his wife, Chabrol wrote, produced and directed Le Beau Serge in 1958, a film often cited as the first New Wave feature. Shot over nine weeks in Sardent, using natural light and real locations, the film portrays a detailed picture of working class life in a bleak provincial village. Reflecting the influence of both […]

Céline and Julie go boating – The quiet achiever of the French new wave goes epic.

How does one describe a film that encompasses the entire world in its enormity? This is easily one of my all time favourite films.  I love it for nostalgic reasons and I love it for itself. It is a holy epic, pure in its revelations, uncompromising in its commitment to its own depth. There is so much to say […]

Paris vu Par: Godard gathers up his friends to show us Paris.

With all my cinematic meanderings my inner boomerang (it’s an Aussie thing) will always bring me back to my beloved French New Wave.  Despite my passion for Bergman and my adoration of the Czech New Wave, Godard ‘does it for me’ in every conceivable way.  He is the right balance of all things a film […]