Previously at the ICA - Films
11 Feb 2011 – 27 Feb 2011
★★★★ 'A fascinating history lesson' Evening Standard
A fascinating, informative and at times gossipy cinematic essay looking at the formation of the French nouvelle vague at the end of the 1950s and the friendship of its two most famous figures – Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard - featuring excerpts from interviews given at the time and clips from the films themselves; the directors’ early shorts, their revolutionary debuts (The 400 Blows and Breathless) and the many films that followed. The increasing politicization of Godard post-1968 finds the pair growing apart, with the film casting actor Jean-Pierre Leaud – a favourite of both filmmakers - as the child torn between divorcing parents. Released by New Wave.
Dir Emmanuel Laurent, France 2009, 91 mins, subtitles, cert 12A