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Two in the Wave

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Released 2010

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2010
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Two in the Wave provides an in-depth look at New Wave pioneers Fran''ois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. Using newspaper clippings, newsreel footage and movie clips, filmmaker Emmanuel Laurent looks at the friendship of the two iconic directors from the 1950s and 1960s. Truffaut directed the 1959 film "The 400 Blows," which is characteristic of the French New Wave movement and received wide acclaim. The term refers to French filmmakers influenced by Italian Neorealism and classic Hollywood. Many filmmakers of the movement used the social and political upheaval of the time, creating a visual style and narrative that revolutionized filmmaking and created a new form or art cinema. "The 400 Blows" receives tremendous acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival and Truffaut helps his friend Godard make his directorial debut with a script titled Breathless, which was released in 1960. The two remained friends until social and political views forced them apart in the late 1960s.

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  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Two in the Wave honors that collaboration by carefully recounting its details and arguing for its significance. The films of Truffaut and Mr. Godard stand or fall by themselves, bu...

  • 75

    Boston Globe Wesley Morris

    The documentary is primarily a work of whimsy.

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    The demoralizing slide of the relationship between Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, from artistic comrades-in-arms during the thrilling creation of the nouvelle vague to name...

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