Antoine de Baecque has selected and will introduce films by Godard, Truffaut and Rohmer, directors synonymous with the Nouvelle Vague and each of whom was a film critic at Les Cahiers du cinéma.
He also introduces the documentary Two in the Wave (2011), a vibrant examination of the relationship between Godard and Truffaut, which he wrote and was directed by Emmanuel Laurent. The Nouvelle Vague was unleashed at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival with François Truffaut’s 400 Blows, a film which served as something of a manifesto. The revitalisation of filmmaking brought about by the Nouvelle Vague was inspired as much out of a love of cinema as that of literature.
Antoine de Baecque is a leading historian of post-war French cinema, a film critic, editor and a Professor of History and Cinema Studies at ENS and Nanterre University. His extensive writing on the French New Wave includes the essay La Nouvelle Vague, portrait d’une jeunesse (1998); a historical review La Cinéphilie: Naissance d’un regard, histoire d’une culture (2003); reference work Camera Historica: The Century in Cinema (2008); a two-volume history of Les Cahiers du cinéma, histoire d’une revue (1991); and three biographies: François Truffaut (1996, co-written with Serge Toubiana); Godard (2010); Eric Rohmer (2014, co-written with Noël Herpe). (MPR)
We are delighted that Antoine de Baecque will share a one-hour conversation with Dr. Douglas Smith, Senior Lecturer, School of Languages and Literature, UCD on Saturday, November 22nd at 12.00. Free but ticketed.
Showing as part of the Carte Noire IFI French Film Festival 2014 (November 19th – 30th).
The IFI is supported by The Arts Council