The French New Wave: My Favourites

A personal rather than comprehensive or properly representative selection- which would include A Bout de Souffle, Jules et Jim, Cleo from 9 to 5, Out 1, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Le Boucher, La Jetée..

Taking the period from the late 50s up to 1974, excluding later films by New Wave directors, like Sans Soleil and my beloved The Green Ray, though maybe I should include them since cut-off points seem arbitrary.

Giving myself plenty of leeway, I'm including the peripheral Malle, Pialat, Robbe-Grillet and also Melville for his direct influence on the NW. Even a central NW figure, Rohmer, was making films before it supposedly began, ditto Marker and Resnais on the "left bank". I'm not including Bresson or Tati.

My own favourite NW directors are Rohmer and Rivette. Oh and it's well worth getting to know other national "New Waves" centred on the 60s, the Japanese and Czechoslovakian for instance.

  • Céline and Julie Go Boating
  • Hiroshima Mon Amour
  • Pierrot le Fou
  • Claire's Knee
  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • Contempt
  • My Night at Maud's
  • The Mother and the Whore
  • Naked Childhood
  • Le Deuxième Souffle
  • The 400 Blows
  • Le Bonheur
  • The Unfaithful Wife
  • L'Amour fou
  • Murmur of the Heart
  • Army of Shadows
  • Trans-Europ-Express
  • Vivre Sa Vie
  • Shoot the Piano Player
  • We Won't Grow Old Together