Of the many critics and cineastes to emerge from the French New Wave, 88-year-old Jean Douchet is probably one of the best known but least read or watched.
This is because, after joining the Cahiers du Cinema during its heyday in the late 1950s, and then serving as deputy editor-in-chief alongside Eric Rohmer until 1963, Douchet would more or less devote the next fifty-odd years of his life to teaching – not teaching in the traditional sense of a classroom or textbook, but presenting movies at cine-clubs, cinematheques and film schools across France, engaging the audience in his freewheeling and
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