Post-war French New Wave Effect on Ideologies (Hillierlier, Fresnel, flickers)


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Film and TheatreHistory
With the development of the entertainment industry, the scope of orchestral and cultural
theatre had become popular and with the passage of time, it goes on another level that
initiated filmmaking and production. Therefore, with the introduction of technical assistance
such as availability of 3D set designing, light designing facilities such as profile, Fresnel, and
flickers had promoted horror and supernatural scenes. The discussion deals with the post-war
effect of French New Wave on ideologies (Hillier, 1950). French new wave was considered
as influential film movement in the world of cinema. It started with a concept of opposing the
traditional path which French cinema followed earlier. This movement had potential to bring
several radical changes to the French cinema. A group of critics who were responsible for the
movement focused on literature rather than story based on realism. When looking at the
discussion, it can be stated that French New Wave films was a transformation and renewal of
politics and culture in post-war France (McWhirter, 2015).
The French New Wave had a severe influence on society and culture during World War. New
Wave played an significant role in affecting the culture. Young filmmakers had changed the
reputation of country`s cinema without working on any orthodox routes. New wave directors
wrote many stories of war. Whereas, other film directors relied on simple love story that were
related to various cinematic sensibilities after spending certain time in the Parisian
cinematheques and film clubs (www.worldhistory.biz, 2015). 1950s and 1960s had
experienced development in cinema and some areas of culture, which had worldwide impact
such as declined audience for Hollywood, declined impact of television, growing art cinema,
film stock, sound recording, strong legacy of neorealism, and growing of youth culture. By
the end of 1960s, after exploring European cinemas, the French New Wave started to emerge
and come up with a group of surface obsessed merchants. From this passion, people had built
conviction that the best films of France were the outcome of personal artistic expression and
this led to great works of literature. Therefore, they admired the studio films a lot but they felt
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that the mainstream cinema was not expressing the human life, emotions, and thought in a
reliable way (Babula, 2012). They claimed that there were many popular movies, who argued
that they were dry, inexpressive, recycled, and out of reach from the daily living of Post-war
youth of French. The script-dominated cinema dominated French landscape because these
films were made to impress rather than focusing on any storyline. These stories had bound
the directors to use freedom and creative control rather than catering to only commercial
whims of producers. With the emerging impact of New Wave French film revolution, the
traditional way of portraying the literature into films had become boredom to the audience
especially during the second revolution (Indie Film Hustle, 2016).
The ambiguity created a tension between the aesthetic style of postmodernism in the light of
cultural and political reality. Nevertheless, French New Wave was well known for similar
cinematic movement that had happened elsewhere, which was the other way that fuelled
cultural and social changes. The French New Wave remained an influential revolution in the
French film industry, whereas understanding the post-war ideologies in relation to popular
culture, design, art, and broad socio-cultural contexts that constitute post-war as a broader
movement (Grove, 2017). Post-modernism is a formation and re-appropriation of cultural
history when citing in customer society. Certain tendency in French films had observed lack
of progression and originality in relation to scriptwriting that claimed that post-war cinema
had seven to eight scriptwriters who worked positively for French cinema (Neupert, Richard,
These stories highlighted the general perspective of French cinema, as it would reiterate post-
modernist ideology (Neupert, Richard. A history of the French new wave cinema. Univ of
Wisconsin Press, 2007). Post-modernist ideologies led to those plays that featured general,
sceptical, relative, and acute sensitivity in maintaining the political power. After the First
World War, the French film industry suffered from lack of capital and film production
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decreased in most European countries. After the Second World War, in 1944, France was
made free from German occupation with the help of Allied forces. After some years where it
was followed the liberation, cinema had become ever-popular especially British and Italian
imports that was resulted in stockpile of these films streaming in Hollywood (McNett, 2019).
New wave film had affected all the aspects of the country including political and social,
cultural and economic trends. The monotonous story telling questioned viewer`s ability that
perceive and react to films and as a change it led to emergence of the French New Wave.
Dialogues were not as real and spontaneous that can create humour (Marie, 2008). Whereas,
film should be revolutionary in such a way that it should be comic, spontaneous,
philosophical, and realistic that can bother one to think even after watching movie. After the
war, in around 1960, the intensity of change was high so as the world was on fire and high for
changes and revolution. During the New Wave movement, in order to promote and attract the
audience, the French-based brand “Nouvelle Vague” began to foster the changes through
stylish innovations such as rapid editing, on location, shooting outdoors, improvised
dialogue, and plotting, natural lightning, and mobile cameras (Parnell, 2015).
Apart from this, these films engaged social and political upheavals indirectly. Although, the
country`s government rely on two important groups either left wing or right wing. Left wing
group relied on political situations that emphasis socialism and radicalism. Most fans of
political leaders were aware of radicalism concerns in their careers due to information in new
films (McWhirter, 2015). Godard was a famous Swiss-French film director, film critic, and
screenwriter. He is recognised as influential and most daring radical and Nouvelle Vague
Filmmakers influenced him. People were eager to know what had happened to Godard in
around 1960s (Guy and Kolleen, 2016, 1031). Every country had its own spectrum of
political changes that differ from time to time which can be unique. In the contemporary
world, for instance- one can understand right wing and left wing is just to uphold the
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