My Gleanings

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

François Truffaut on the "New Wave" -- 1960

This is excerpted from the article The Director the One who hasn't the right to complain which François Truffaut contributed to Cinema, univers de l'absence? collectif 1960. That article was reprinted in Le Plaisir des yeux, a collection of previously published reviews, essays, etc. written by François Truffaut, compiled by Jean Narboni and Serge Toubiana, and published in 1987 (page 15 my translation)

In 1960, there will be a new generation of French directors, among whom the majority are less than 30 years old. It will transpire that to the names Louis Malle, Claude Chabrol, Claude Bernard-Aubert, Alain Resnais, Agnès Varda, Georges Franju, Jean Rouch, Jean Valère, there will be added Jacques Rivette, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, Philippe de Broca, Eric Rohmer, Paul Paviot, Marcel Hanoun, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Daniel Pollet, and Michel Drach, all of whom are presently making films. The subsequent "wave" will be comprised of Ado Kyrou, Jacques Rozier, Jacques Demy, Claude de Givray, François Reichenbach, Jean-François Hauduroy, Jacques Villa, Claude Sautet, Alain Jessua and others whose names I do not not yet know. In short, it is most evident that the scope of this movement, its diversity, surpass any promotional hype to genuinely effect a systematic overthrow of French production, a collapse in which all members at the foundation of the profession - financiers, producers, screenwriters - participate.