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The critics are unimaginative, but even more so: "New Wave" is a severely over-used term, in fact I don't know which one you mean. (Czehoslovak New Wave? Yugoslav New Wave? French Nouvelle Vague? New Wave music?)

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by DoDo on Thu Oct 2nd, 2008 at 05:39:38 AM EST
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You most likely mean the French one, but then Wikipedia says:

French New Wave - Wikipedia

The New Wave (French: La Nouvelle Vague) was a blanket term coined by critics for a group of French filmmakers of the late 1950s and 1960s, influenced (in part) by Italian Neorealism.


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by DoDo on Thu Oct 2nd, 2008 at 05:41:17 AM EST
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And indeed, the French Nouvelle Vague (which, if unqualified, is the one referenced to in cinema, usually) was stylistically very diverse. What the directors had in common was a rejection of "traditional" French movie making, and working together at the Cahiers du cinéma. Les 400 coups indeed draws heavily upon Italian Neorealism, but saying Godard or Chabrol shared that influence would be a stretch, and absurd in the cases of Rohmer or Resnais...

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by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Thu Oct 2nd, 2008 at 05:50:08 AM EST
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I don't see critics anywhere associating the "Romanian New Wave" with "The New Wave".

saying Godard or Chabrol shared that influence would be a stretch, and absurd in the cases of Rohmer or Resnais...

Well, there is Rossellini.  

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by DoDo on Thu Oct 2nd, 2008 at 06:13:25 AM EST
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The influence of American directors such as Sam Fuller should not be forgotten.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Oct 2nd, 2008 at 06:38:42 AM EST
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Which also has relevance to ET. The French New Wave - broad ch*rch that it was - was very much an intellectual movement based on the analysis by the Cahiers asociates. The intellectual criticisms of movies of all kinds led to very different movies being made.

But Cahiers, like ET, was a platform for criticism, in which multiple inputs brought multiple outputs, modified by the critical process. It had a very important role imo.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Oct 2nd, 2008 at 06:48:16 AM EST
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Right.  "New Wave" is simply a catch-all term for a new generation or sensibility.  It isn't, or shouldn't, be used to describe one aesthetic or philosophy...

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by poemless on Thu Oct 2nd, 2008 at 10:44:12 AM EST
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