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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Jean Douchet on the "young turks"

In his “French New Wave” (by Jean Douchet; in collaboration with Cédric Anger; translated by Robert Bonnono), Jean Douchet writes of “a second, younger group [of filmmakers], born between 1928 and 1932, [which] is represented by Jacques Rivette, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, François Truffaut, Jacques Rozier, and Jacques Demy.” (page 11)
He says of them, “There was a ritual aspect to the young cinephile’s behavior that consisted mainly of wandering around movie theaters, closely examining the stills of current or forthcoming films, fantasizing over the posters, imaginatively creating a climate of fear and danger around themselves....They compared films, categorized them. Gradually a list of favorites took shape: Goupi Mains Rouges by Jacques Becker, Lumières d’Ete and Le Ciel est à Vous by Jean Grémillon, Douce by Claude Autant-Lara, Les Visiteurs du Soir by Carné and Prévert, Le Destin Fabuleux de Désirée Clary and Le Malibran by Sacha Guitry, Les Anges du Péché by Robert Bresson, and a few others. These were the films they saw over and over again. But the film that received the most attention was Le Corbeau by Henri-Georges Clouzot: the film had a profound effect on these adolescents and to them represented the summit of cinematic art." (pages 21-22)

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