Screen/Society--2011 French Film Series--"Two in the Wave" (Deux de la Vague)
Two in the Wave (Deux de la Vague)
(Emmanuel Laurent, 2010, 91 min, France, in French with English subtitles, Color & B/W, DVD)
-- Post-screening discussion with Prof. Anne-Gaëlle Saliot!
The French New Wave crashed onto international shores when François Truffaut's debut feature, THE 400 BLOWS, premiered at Cannes in 1959, followed quickly by Jean-Luc Godard's equally thrilling BREATHLESS, based on a Truffaut story. The two filmmaking rebels, great friends and fellow graduates of the Cahiers du Cinema, for which both wrote extensively, hailed from different sides of the tracks: Truffaut, a poor reform school boy, and Godard, a Swiss haute-bourgeois. Both filmmakers cast Jean-Pierre Léaud in many of their movies. TWO IN THE WAVE poignantly melds revealing period footage of both men (and of Léaud, torn between father-figures) with scenes from some of their greatest films, as it moves inexorably toward their bitter falling-out.
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Sponsors: The Center for French and Francophone Studies, the Department of Romance Studies, the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES), the Duke University Center for International Studies, and the Program the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI).