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Still from Jean-Luc Godard’s Nouvelle Vague (1990) courtesy Institute français

Nouvelle Vague

Dive into Godard’s New Wave

  • Saturday, July 20, 2024
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • Films
  • In-person
  • Registration Required
  • Drop-In Registration

Although rarely screened in the US, Nouvelle Vague stands as an important example of filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard’s mid-career work. Inverting the tradition of feature film romantic leads, Godard cast legendary French leading man Alain Delon (considered past his prime when the film was made) to play a dual persona attracted to and by Elena (Domiziana Giordano). Most of the film’s dialogue are direct quotes from a variety of contrasting sources including classic Hollywood films and the history of literature. Visually stunning, “the film is in part a sustained reverie on what it means both to be rich and not to be rich, and the contrapuntal role played here by the wealthy characters and their servants is part of what makes this film so operatic in feeling” -- Jonathan Rosenbaum. (Jean-Luc Godard, 1990, 35mm, 84 minutes)

This film is part of our Dive into Godard’s New Wave series