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From Wes Anderson to Steven Soderbergh, contemporary filmmakers are often unambiguously influenced by the French New Wave.  Through the 50s to 60s the French New Wave brought with it an explosive fountain of art and inspiration that became not merely a pioneering trend in French cinematic culture, but a major source of influence that continues to manifest itself in class and on set around the world. French New Wave classics such as Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless" or Francois Truffaut's "Jules et Jim" are either central additions to a cinema studies curriculum if not the curriculum itself, and for good reason. They were among other films technically, structurally and thematically game-changing in their respective historical contexts. But while the French New Wave might reasonably have had its fair share of fans as well as critics at the time and to this day, as Martin Scorsese put it: "The New Wave »


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