Tag Archives: French New Wave

Au Hasard Balthazar: Life in a world that hates us.

In New York City at the moment there is a Bresson retrospective and I am insanely jealous – what wouldn’t I give to be in New York to see this at the Forum at the moment (besides the obvious – the cash to get there)! One of the films on offer will be Au Hasard […]

Madam Bovary: Claude Chabrol takes on a classic

For many years Madame Bovary belonged to that classic box of literature labelled ‘unfilmable’.  The main reason for this is the complex nature of the novels structure. The power of this novel lies not in the plot, but in the characters relationship to what happens to them. Flaubert’s novel is hailed as one of the […]

Restless: Gus Van Sant’s take on death.

Ok. I have a confession to make. Everyone who reads this blog is no stranger to the fact that I adore film.  No – let’s do a take two on that – I adore good film. I’m not willing to say (as a very dear writer friend says to me regularly) that film has replaced […]

Jules and Jim: Genius locked away in a moment in time.

There are many ways to appreciate a Francoise Truffaut film. In this respect he is the aesthetes greatest friend. There is never the moral simplicity we see in a Bresson film or the obtuse avantgarde we see in Godard. Truffaut is an artist who makes films he thinks are beautiful. Jules and Jim is an […]

Les Enfants Terribles: A Jean Cocteau and Jean-Pierre Melville masterpiece.

I had the intense pleasure of watching Les Enfants Terribles yesterday, an experience not unlike being in a dorothy-like tornado of subversion. This astonishingly perversive film – made ten years before La Nouvelle Vague  – had me clearly seeing why Jean Pierre Melville was called the godfather of the French New wave. Apparently Jean Cocteau […]