Two In The Wave NR

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TWO IN THE WAVE documents the intensely combative and creative relationship between French New Wave directors Jean-Luc Godard & Francois Truffaut.

Starring:
Isild Le Besco, Anouk Aimée
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1 hour, 33 minutes

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Two In The Wave

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Genres Documentary
Director Emmanuel Laurent
Starring Isild Le Besco, Anouk Aimée
Supporting actors Jean-Pierre Aumont, Charles Aznavour, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Claude Brialy, Anna Carina, Claude Chabrol, Jean Cocteau, Raoul Coutard, Jean Desailly, Marie Dubois, Jean-Luc Godard, Chantal Goya, Claude Jade, Anna Karina, Pierre Kast, Bernadette Lafont, Fritz Lang
Studio Viacom Media Networks
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fred Zappa on April 11, 2011
Format: DVD
As an American who's seen some films by each of these two revolutionaries (I'm especially fond of Godard's), I found this documentary about them, their movies, their relationship, and their times very informative. It's one of those things that, while it teaches me so much, also reminds of how much I still don't know. By that I mean, I can watch the films of Godard and Truffaut and believe that I appreciate and "get" them, including how they "changed French cinema forever." But then, how can I do that, really, without fully knowing the contexts in which the films were made? Or why their makers made them, and what they apparently meant to say with them? Since their work isn't faked fly-on-the-wall "realism," it's always doing something different. I can catch--understand, and feel--some of that difference, but their films can't speak honestly to me, as I think their makers generally meant them to do, unless I know much more than I do so far about the makers and their contexts.

"Two in the Wave" goes a long way in providing context (social, intellectual, political, journalistic, and more) and it makes me think that I should watch a Godard film, then watch this documentary again, then see a Truffaut film, and see this documentary again, then a Godard, and so on.

I do have two complaints--throughout much of this film, there's a woman flipping through magazines, especially Cahiers du Cinema (for which both G and T got their start, as very young film critics). I waited for an explanation of her presence, which never came, unless I missed it; she became distracting.
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While the so-called French New Wave is a complex artistic and historical movement, with important precursors and wide-ranging influences, it was announced to the world by Francois Truffaut's The 400 Blows and Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless. They are, in fact, quite different, but both capture a youthful enthusiasm, a sense that cinema matters, and a willingness to deviate from traditional cinematic norms. Emmanuel Laurent's engaging documentary explores the rise and fall of the French New Wave through the lens of a longstanding friendship between the directors of these two films, that soured shortly after the political protests in France of 1968.

The approach of the documentary is to reflect upon this friendship without narration, but only using the recorded and written words of Godard and Truffaut and many of their contemporaries, illustrating these words with newspaper stories, documentary footage, and sequences from a wide range of films. While Truffaut made the first feature film of the two, Godard followed shortly (and it was Truffaut's promise to the producers that he would take over in the event Godard had difficulties that sealed the deal). Their films were quite different, insofar as Truffaut tended to create fairly traditional narratives that were given a new vitality by means of the subject matter and experimental techniques. Godard, by contrast, tended to create films that directly commented on and challenged traditional forms.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amaranth on July 23, 2012
Format: DVD
"Two in the Wave" promises a fascinating exploration of French Nouvelle Vague (New Wave) cinema. Sadly, it doesn't deliver. The French language manages to save this documentary from being a complete bore, because it's beautiful to listen to... otherwise, most of it consists of thoughtful young people reading newspapers and reading aloud from them. Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut went from being colleagues at Cahiers du Cinema, they had differing backgrounds- Godard grew up in relative wealth, while Truffaut dealt with the stigma of illegitimacy and feeling unwanted. In the end, the protests in 1968 would divide them.

"Two in the Wave" offers tastes of Godard and Truffaut's works, from Truffaut's The 400 Blows (The Criterion Collection) that was inspired by his childhood, to Godard's Breathless (The Criterion Collection) that introduced Jean Seberg to the world. If anything, this documentary inspires people to explore these great cinematic masterworks. There's Godard's surreal Weekend with its famous tracking shot, and Truffaut's The Story of Adele H. starring the radiant Isabelle Adjani, which would find cinematic progeny in Francois Ozon's Angel, that also has a leading lady with a fantasy life.

"Two in the Wave" promises much, but it's boring. Better to ride the wave elsewhere.
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