Tag Archives: French New Wave

Agnés Varda, 1928–2019

In the clip above, renowned (and beloved) French filmmaker Agnés Varda holds a TED talk in Venice Beach back in 2017. In it she talks about her career and the three themes that have guided her in life – inspiration, creation and sharing – and what that means in practice. Varda held this lecture on … Continue reading Agnés Varda, 1928–2019

Breathless: A Blueprint for the New Wave

The kind of movie you see in film school and then you make a decision – either I love it or I merely respect it for its achievements. I definitely belong in the latter category and the years haven’t changed my mind. It’s funny, because Jean-Luc Godard remains somewhat of a mystery for me. Undoubtedly … Continue reading Breathless: A Blueprint for the New Wave

Pickpocket: Exercising a Right to Steal

The first Robert Bresson movie I ever saw was when I studied film in college. A Man Escaped (1956) (never released theatrically in the U.S.) turned out to be a simple, straightforward but exciting thriller about a French Resistance fighter who escapes from a prison during World War II. Pickpocket is one of the director’s … Continue reading Pickpocket: Exercising a Right to Steal

Last Year at Marienbad: Haunting Memories

I remember watching this French New Wave classic in film school, being oddly fascinated by it even though we watched many other similarly slow-going movies that were anything but mesmerizing. The movie had the same effect on art-house crowds back in the early 1960s. Critics all over the world either tried to analyze what’s going … Continue reading Last Year at Marienbad: Haunting Memories

Pierrot le Fou

Ferdinand and Marianne (Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina) run off together, he from his wife, she from gangsters; their escape takes them to the south of France. One of director Jean-Luc Godard’s early films in color, reportedly inspired by the story of Bonnie and Clyde, not yet immortalized by Arthur Penn’s classic movie. Allegedly shot without … Continue reading Pierrot le Fou