The Film Music and Composers of Postwar French Art Cinema
Listening to the French New Wave offers the first detailed study of the music and composers of French New Wave cinema, arguing for the need to re-hear and thus reassess this important period in film history. Combining an ethnographic approach with textual and score-based analysis, the author challenges the idea of the New Wave as revolutionary in all its facets by revealing traditional approaches to music in many canonical New Wave films. However, musical innovation does have its place in the New Wave, particularly in the films of the marginalised Left Bank group. The author ultimately brings to light those few collaborations that engaged with the ideology of adopting contemporary music practices for a contemporary medium.
Drawing on archival material and interviews with New Wave composers, this book re-tells the story of the French New Wave from the perspective of its music.
Chapter 1: Music and Cinema in Postwar Paris: A Cultural History
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Music and Cinema in Postwar Paris: A Cultural History
New Novel. New Cinema. New Wave. For ten years, we are in the new. Never, perhaps, in the history of letters has there been such wilful deliberation to free oneself from tradition, to break with the past, to create an absolutely original form and spirit.
— RENAUD MATIGNON, Arts, 19631
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