The Academy Celebrates La Nouvelle Vague in Upcoming Exhbit

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An exhibit celebrating the impact French Nouvelle Vague (New Wave) cinema had on modern filmmaking will open on March 23 and continue through June 24.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will kick things off with a screening of the film, “Breathless” (“A bout de soufflé”) this Friday at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The film will tag along side the opening of the Academy’s exhibition, “Photos de Cinéma: Images of the French New Wave by Raymond Cauchetier.”  Cauchetier worked on set for many of the “Nouvelle Vague” films during the late 50’s and throughout the 60’s.  His photographs give insight into the careers and unique production techniques of the French directors.

Cauchetier was the set photographer for “Breathless,” which was directed by Jean-Luc Godard.  The film caught the awe of the public and launched French New Wave onto a global scale.  Making the directors and actors in the films superstars.

Godard continued to make films similar to “Breahless,” which was his touch on the American Film Noir crime film.  He became an icon and known as a leader in modern cinema.  His work has influenced present day directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.

Cauchetier oversaw all the photographs, which he took with a 35mm negative, to be displayed in the upcoming exhibit.  He is in his 90’s and lives in Paris.  Other films in which he took photos and are on display include: “Adieu Phillippine,” “Baisers Volés” (Stolen Kisses”), “Jules et Jim,” and “Lola.”

The exhibit is open to the public and admission is free.  Tickets for the screening of “Breathless” are $5 and $3 for Academy members and students.  For more information you can visit

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Source: Hollywood News

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