The French New Wave, or nouvelle vague, burst onto the scene at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival. Their radical, personal and independent agenda gave birth to a set of filmmakers that helped shape European cinema to this day. The IFI will be screening ten of the key moments from the movement throughout July, giving audiences a chance to experience these masterpieces in depth and on the big screen.
François Truffaut helped to launch the movement with his semi-autobiographical work on childhood The 400 Blows, which will be screened on July 4th. Other films include Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless and Contempt and also covered in the season is the work of Alain Resnais, Claude Chabrol, Jacques Rivette and Marcel Camus.
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