Great subject, poor documentary
- Two in the Wave review by Alphaville
I wish this was a better film to introduce modern audiences to Godard and Truffaut. For those of us who rate their best films among the best of all time (eg Godard’s Alphaville, Truffaut’s Jules et Jim), it’s a fascinating and nostalgic wallow. If you’re new to the French New Wave of the 1960s, you’ll be seriously underwhelmed.
The narrative jumps around all over the place. Writer/director/narrator Emmanuel Laurent delivers his lines in a flat monotone. Even worse, there are endless pointless modern-day scenes of a woman reading old newspapers and magazines to accompany the voiceover. This is actress Isild de Besco, apparently intended to be a bridge for the audience between then and now, but the device fails completely.
Worst of all, the sense of excitement generated by New Wave movies is conspicuous by its absence. As a 1960s student who was blown away by their immediacy, daring and sheer cinematic joy, this documentary both enthralled and angered me.
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