French New Waveby allisonalmodovar | created - 10 Jun 2015 | updated - 10 Jun 2015 | Public
Jean Douchet's book, French New Wave, features film reviews by critics such as Jacques Rivette, François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, André Bazin, and Éric Rohmer.
The book not only covers the groundbreaking films of the New Wave, but the films that inspired and were inspired by the movement.
1-9: 1955 10-17: 1956 18-25: 1957 26-35: 1958 36-45: 1959 46-57: 1960 58-65: 1961 66-73: 1962 74-80: 1963 81-85: 1964 86+ Additional movies found in the essays and index.
#109 (Les Sept péchés capitaux) refers to Jacques Demy's segment "La Luxure" #111 (Paris vu par…) refers to author Jean Douchet's segment "Saint-Germain-des-Prés" #130 (Paris vu par…) refers to Jean-Luc Godard's segment "Montparnasse-Levallois" # 164 (Paris vu par…) refers to Jean-Daniel Pollet's segment "Rue Saint-Denis" # 178 (Paris vu par…) refers to Jean Rouch's segment "Gare du Nord"
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1. Johnny Guitar (1954)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Western
After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob.
5. French Cancan (1955)
Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
This comedy drama from Jean Renoir chronicles the revival of Paris' most notorious dance as it tells the story of a theater producer who turns a humble washerwoman into a star at the Moulin Rouge.
6. The Grand Maneuver (1955)
106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A French lieutenant makes a bet that he can seduce any woman in town in the two weeks before his regiment leaves for maneuvers, but his chosen target (a Parisian divorcée) isn't like other girls he's known.
7. The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
Not Rated | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
At Maria Vargas' funeral, several people recall who she was and the impact she had on them. Harry Dawes was a not very successful writer/director when he and movie producer Kirk Edwards ... See full summary »
8. Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit".
9. Bad Liaisons (1955)
84 min | Drama
Through her answers to police inspector Corbin's questions, investigating Dr Danieli's suicide, Catherine Racan draws her self-portrait. The ambitious young journalist indeed tells how she ... See full summary »
10. Lola Montès (1955)
Not Rated | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Biopic of adventurer Lola Montès who ends up as a circus attraction after being romantically involved with famous European men.
Votes: 4,670 | Gross: $0.11M
12. Night and Fog (1956)
Not Rated | 32 min | Documentary, Short, History
The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside.
13. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid the $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.
Votes: 78,945 | Gross: $0.65M
14. That Is the Dawn (1956)
102 min | Drama
The wife of a physician who diligently cares for the poor, grows weary of their dull South France factory town and pressures her older husband to move to glorious Nice, on the Mediterranean... See full summary »
aka Así es la aurora aka That Is the Dawn
15. The Mystery of Picasso (1956)
PG | 78 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A filmed record of Pablo Picasso painting numerous canvases for the camera, allowing us to see his creative process at work.
Votes: 1,995 | Gross: $0.27M
17. Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
Not Rated | 109 min | Comedy, Romance
In Sweden at the turn of the century, members of the upper class and their servants find themselves in a romantic tangle that they try to work out amidst jealousy and heartbreak.
Smiles of a Summer Night
18. ...And God Created Woman (1956)
PG | 90 min | Drama, Romance
In sunny St. Tropez, a young sexpot loves one brother but marries the other.
Votes: 7,177 | Gross: $2.00M
And God Created Woman
22. Written on the Wind (1956)
Not Rated | 99 min | Drama
Alcoholic playboy Kyle Hadley marries the woman secretly loved by his poor but hard-working best friend, who in turn is pursued by Kyle's nymphomaniac sister.
23. The Adventures of Arsène Lupin (1957)
104 min | Crime, Mystery
Arsène Lupin, the multifaceted gentleman thief, steals two masterpieces from the President of the Council. Some time later, posing as Monsieur Gilles, a winegrower who is marrying his only ... See full summary »
27. Bonjour Tristesse (1958)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance
Cecile, decadent young girl who lives with her rich playboy father Raymond. When Anne, Raymond's old love interest, comes to Raymond's villa, Cecile is afraid for her way of life.
28. The Seventh Seal (1957)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.
The Seventh Seal
30. Il Grido (1957)
Not Rated | 116 min | Drama
A man wanders aimlessly, away from his town, away from the woman he loved, emotionally and socially inactive.
31. Montparnasse 19 (1958)
Not Rated | 108 min | Biography, Drama
Biographic movie about the last year of the famous Italian painter Modigliani. Modigliani, a poor painter in Paris of 1919, falls in love with a daughter from a wealthy family. Her parents ... See full summary »
35. End of Desire (1958)
Not Rated | 86 min | Drama
Normandy, second half of the nineteenth century. Jeanne Dandieu lives in a manor house with her parents and their servant Rosalie. She gets to know Julien, a handsome man, whom she soon ... See full summary »
End of Desire
36. Les Mistons (1957)
18 min | Short, Comedy
Five young boys in pre-puberty are collectively attracted by a beautiful, young woman, Bernadette Jouve. She awakes in them the springs of luminous sensuality. As they are too young to love... See full summary »
39. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance
A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war.
Votes: 26,866 | Gross: $0.09M
40. The 400 Blows (1959)
Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama
A young boy, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.
The 400 Blows
41. Rio Bravo (1959)
Passed | 141 min | Action, Drama, Western
A small-town sheriff in the American West enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a young gunfighter in his efforts to hold in jail the brother of the local bad guy.
Votes: 53,922 | Gross: $12.54M
42. Head Against the Wall (1959)
95 min | Drama
In order to get rid of his troublesome son François, Maître Gérane manages to have him committed to a mental hospital owned by Dr. Varmont, a supporter of traditional treatments, in ... See full summary »
43. Two Men in Manhattan (1959)
Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A French UN delegate has disappeared into thin air, sending reporter Moreau (Jean-Pierre Melville) and hard drinking photographer Delmas (Pierre Grasset) on an assignment to find him. Their only lead is a picture of three women.
44. Some Like It Hot (1959)
Not Rated | 121 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
After two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.
Votes: 234,842 | Gross: $25.00M
45. Picnic on the Grass (1959)
91 min | Comedy, Romance