Why The French New Wave Still Matters

In an era in which sentimental trifles (The Intouchables, The Artist) masquerade as art house, and even Europeans seem to love blockbusters more than thoughtful, innovative cinema, the once-mythologized cinema of Godard, Truffaut et al may seem hopelessly passé. By analyzing the best traits of the French New Wave, it would be argued that this cinema movement was not only immeasurably influential on generations of filmmakers, but that it is more vital than ever in the 21st century.

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