Truffaut and the French New Wave

Posted on March 3, 2011


Made in the mid 20th century, Antoine and Colette (1962) and Les Mistons (1958) are two great examples of French New Wave Cinema. Directed by Truffaut, these two films both follow an interesting narrative pattern. These films don’t necessarily have a traditional climax, and follow a plot line that’s very true to life, as was common among the films of the French New Wave. There was no real “action” in these films, yet they told touching stories that one might find in everyday life. Antoine and Colette featured a strong and independent female character, which was almost unheard of for films at that time. Les Mistons, on the other hand, featured a woman in a more traditional roll. Both films have a feeling of youthfulness, due mostly to the subject matter.

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