French New Wave

Seberg – first look review

By David Jenkins

This thin biopic of New Wave icon Jean Seberg plays out with all the depth of a magazine photo shoot.

After the Wave: Exploring French cinema in the 1970s

By Adam Scovell

The decade following the Nouvelle Vague saw the emergence of progressive filmmakers like Chantal Akerman and Maurice Pialat.

Up With People: In Remembrance of Agnès Varda

By David Jenkins

The beloved French filmmaker, who has passed away aged 90, leaves behind a peerless body of work.

Watch the brand new trailer for Jean-Luc Godard’s The Image Book

By David Jenkins

The veteran French auteur’s Cannes-winning latest arrives in cinemas and on MUBI next month.

Why I love Jean Seberg’s performance in Breathless

By Adam Scovell

The American star led something of a tragic life, but she will forever be remembered for her role in Jean-Luc Godard’s debut feature.

Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin’s forgotten cine revolution

By Little White Lies

Read an exclusive extract of a long-lost conversation between these innovative French filmmakers.

In praise of The Beaches of Agnès

By Mallory Andrews

Journey into the mind of the great Agnès Varda as part of our 35mm season with MUBI and ICA.

How Bonnie and Clyde brought the French New Wave to Hollywood

By David Pountain

Arthur Penn’s seminal crime thriller owes a lot to the likes of Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut.

Watch the bold trailer for Jean-Luc Godard biopic Redoubtable

By Amy Bowker

The Artist’s Michel Hazanavicius is back with a biopic about the French New Wave icon.

In praise of Philippe Garrel, unsung hero of the French New Wave

By Matt Thrift

The director has been producing casual masterpieces since 1964.

A “lost” Jean-Luc Godard film has turned up online

By Little White Lies

This early work from the French New Wave icon is a must-watch for cinephiles.

Is La La Land an homage to The Umbrellas of Cherbourg?

By Stephen Puddicombe

Director Damien Chazelle has admitted this ’60s classic is a key influence on his forthcoming musical.

Why Jacques Rivette’s debut is an anti-New Wave classic

By Adam Cook

The late French master’s first film, Paris Belongs to Us, is now available courtesy of the Criterion Collection.

RIP Jacques Rivette – The filmmaker who helped me to love movies more

By David Jenkins

The French maestro has died at the age of 87, and leaves behind him an unimpeachable canon of work.

Breathless (1960)

By Laurence Boyce

Jean-Luc Godard’s masterpiece stands the test of time, still managing to feel incredibly fresh and exciting.

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