The French New Wave Cinema

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French New Wave cinema is widely considered one of the most influential periods in cinematic history. The filmmaking techniques and ideas utilized during the French New Wave period can still be seen in modern cinema, with some films uses them more than others. Two films that more obviously been influenced by the era are Quentin Tarantino 's 1992 film Reservoir Dogs and Christopher Nolan’s 2000 film Memento. These films exude many traits and styles synonymous with French New Wave cinema such as jump cuts and non-continuity editing, a low budget, anti-heroic main characters, as well as others.

French New Wave was a cinematic movement that was active between the late 1950’s and the late 1960’s though the origins go back to german occupied France from the early 1940’s. Following the liberation of 1944, France saw the end of restrictions of media imposed by german occupation and the cinema became more popular than ever, with a stockpile of banned American films starting to flow in and France ramping up film production once again. Despite this by the early 1950’s it became more popular opinion by both critics and audiences that had become, for a lack of a better word, stale, getting bogged down in an endless cycle of “ generic historical reconstructions and uninspired literary adaptations… French Cinema was said to be in desperate need of a new direction ” (Neupert, 17). During this time the film magazine, Cahiers du Cinema, was founded. Some of its young writers, such as
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