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French New Wave Fan Needs Suggestions

PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2003 8:06 am
by oomingakus
Hello! I LOVE the films/directors of the French New Wave, particularly Godard, Truffaut, Varda, and Rohmer. I would like some suggestions as far as Italian, Polish, and Russian films (past and present). To be honest, I lack familiarity with the cinematic output of other countries, besides France.

Re: French New Wave Fan Needs Suggestions

PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2003 1:30 pm
by aviv71
I'm not too famaliar with French New Wave, so I'm not sure what you're taste is. My favorite working Italian director is Nanni Moretti. I highly recomend both Caro Diaro and Aprile.

Re: French New Wave Fan Needs Suggestions

PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2003 1:44 pm
by Gaz
A good place to start with Polish cinema is Polanski's Noz w Wodzie (Knife in the Water).

Re: French New Wave Fan Needs Suggestions

PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2003 2:37 am
by bigpoppa_2059
Well, it really depends on what kind of films in these countries you're looking for. All major countries went through different phases, but I'd start here: for Italian, the obvious like Fellini, De Sica, Rossellini, Wertmuller, and more recently Tornatore. If you like the "Nouvelle Vogue", try the "New German Cinema" a movement in the late 60's; early 70's which included, essentially everything from Fassbinder, Herzog, and the early films of Wenders (anything before "The End of Violence")

Re: French New Wave Fan Needs Suggestions

PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2003 5:39 pm
by oomingakus
Thank you all for your responses. They are very much appreciated. I bought Fellini's 8 1/2 on DVD yesterday!

Re: French New Wave Fan Needs Suggestions

PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2003 1:51 am
by jason-3
You should try Antonioni... especially his masterpiece L'Avventura.

Re: French New Wave Fan Needs Suggestions

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2003 2:04 pm
by Bacchus33
I would recommend Tarkovsky's Mirror and Bergman's Persona.

Re: French New Wave Fan Needs Suggestions

PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2003 9:40 pm
by Gaz
If you're at all interested in Tarkovsky or Bergman, I would say Ivan's Childhood and Wild Strawberries (or of course Fanny and Alexander) are the best places to start.

Also I would discourage potential viewers from Antonioni's L'Avventura, but as it clearly has many admirers I'll happily admit it's a matter of taste.

Re: French New Wave Fan Needs Suggestions

PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2003 3:39 pm
by bootsie32000
You need to see Chabrol- the master of new wave cinema. Then move on to the rest of Europe.

Lyne's soft core "Unfaithful Woman" seems to be theft of Chabrol's "Le Femme Infidel". I think Chabrol's last was "Le Ceremonie". He was a great influence on Kubrick.

Re: French New Wave Fan Needs Suggestions

PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2003 12:49 am
by tyndale
I think many of the suggestions here are great -- Fellini, Fassbinder, Wenders, etc. The New Wave is also my favorite film movement (I don't think I would be a cinema buff had I never experienced the New Wave), and one thing that you might think about is seeing films from other countries from the same years. Antonioni is a great example because his greatest films were all made in the early 1960s, just like Godard's and Truffaut's -- but an entirely different style (I, for one, happen to love his work, especially L'Avventura). It's interesting to see what other directors in other countries were doing exactly when the New Wave was taking place (and buying 8 1/2 was a good idea).