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film history french new wave film noir
History of Motion Pictures quiz review.
Aspects of the American Independent Movement:
-hand held, light weight cameras
-usually one star (not major) with a cast of unknowns
What was the first major film of the American indie movement?
by John Cassavetes (1959)
Concerned inter-racial relationships
What did the French New Wave have in common with Italian Neo-Realism?
-location shooting (urban settings)
-rebelled against white telephone, studio films
Where did the French New Wave differ from Italian neo-realism?
-focused on relationships rather than politics
-directed towards young, urban Parisiens
What influenced the New Wave movement?
-American gangster films
Two major contributions of the New Wave movement?
- Jean Luc Godard- introduced the jump cut- "reality at 24 fps"
The 400 Blows
- Francois Truffaut- introduced the freeze frame
Characteristics of Film Noir:
-dark, low key lighting
-derived from German Expressionism
-images with bars (people trapped in physical and emotional mazes)
-mirrors and reflections (Freudian darkness v. light)
-dark, wet urban streets at night
Common Film Noir arc
-crime is committed or plotted within an intimate relationship
-eccentric minor characters
: no loyalty in relationships- bad marriages, husbands plot to kill wives or vice versa
-no payoff for characters, everyone loses
-coincidence abounds but helps to drive the story
-femme fatale- narcissistic woman who drives the action
-private detective- generally a loner with his own code of ethics against the ineffective justice system
-karmic cause and effect cosmos wrapped around a moral choice
Common French New Wave arc
Personal relationships set against a contemporary urban background with unresolved ending.