To be honest, this has been a difficult post to put together. The watching and rewatching, the research, and the outlining have all been simultaneously joyous and filled with grief. I am of course only one of many in mourning the passing of our beloved Agnes Varda: the art/film world and those closer to her work have expressed Varda’s influence much greater than I (I have added links at bottom of page for a few particularly meaningful articles) but what I can say is that the world is certainly less since March 29th.Read More
french new wave
Compared to some of the formally complex and narratively challenging films of the French New Wave, Truffaut’s film is fairly easy to digest. This is, of course, not a critique of the film, on the contrary, considering how formally intriguing Jules and Jim is, it is quite a credit to it instead. Upon first viewing, the first thing one notices is how fast paced the first act is. Following the spirit and style of Roche’s novel, the camera jostles, the characters jump from scene to scene, and within minutes Jules and Jim have met, become friends, have begun to make their way about town and playfully enjoy nightlife in Paris.Read More
Much like his cinematic compatriot Jean-Luc Godard, this quote from Francois Truffaut represents his deeply ingrained love and need for the cinema. Both were more than just film fans, their passion instead goes above and beyond into a lens with which to see and experience reality. This artistic medium becomes an all encompassing force that becomes the drive behind everything in life for these ‘young Turks’.Read More
Art and money are unruly companions. The Artist is pervasively challenged by economic dilemmas: too little, too much, the locus of funding, etc. Resulting from this dynamic are the endless psychological, ethical, socio-political factors that weave their way into an artistic work. Is it even possible (realistic?) to speak of artistic integrity, particularly in a world so cluttered with influential, artistic industries?
Admittedly, these are of course, not new questions and are only related to the interests of this post by means of proximity. It is true, Godard was, at least implicitly, commenting on these types of questions in his 1963 masterpiece, Le mepris (Contempt). However, he seems here more interested in their effects, rather than the questions themselves.Read More
Francis Ford Coppola. Robert Altman. Milos Forman. Roman Polanski. Bernardo Bertolucci. Wim Wenders. Werner Herzog. Olivier Assayas. Vera Chytilova. Martin Scorsese. Steven Soderbergh. Leos Carax. Quentin Tarantino. Wes Anderson. These are just a handful of names who have been massively influenced by the work of the French New Wave--this band of revolutionary artists from the 50’s and 60’s. Scorsese himself expressed this when he stated that “the French New Wave has influenced all filmmakers who have worked since, whether they saw the films or not. It submerged cinema like a tidal wave.”Read More