The New Wave breaks

Provincial Living - - Entertainment -

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)

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