The New Wave breaks
As Europe settled down in the wake of WWII, cinema entered a new era. In 1956, Albert Lamorisse’s “Red Balloon” floating over the streets of Paris captured the world’s imagination. It seemed a sweet and innocent film, but it symbolised the take-off of French cinema. It was inspirational for rising filmmaker François Truffaut, who made his gritty, ground-breaking film Les Quatre Cents
Coups (The 400 Blows) in 1959.
Like The Red Balloon, The 400 Blows follows a young boy through the grungy, yet beautiful, streets of 50’s Paris. With its social realism and experimental techniques, the film broke many cinema conventions. It signalled
the launch of the French Nouvelle Vague (New Wave) movement. Cinema would never be the same again.
The Red Balloon (1956)