"...a loving tribute to the two artists whose names will forever be associated with the Nouvelle Vague and the friendship that bonded them for so many years." - Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies
Directors Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut changed the face of cinema forever as members of the French New Wave. They also happened to be best friends. TWO IN THE WAVE documents their intensely combative and creative relationship during their time at Cahiers du Cinéma, their triumphant work on THE 400 BLOWS and BREATHLESS, and their dramatic falling out following the worker and student strikes of May 1968. It also presents the unique bond both filmmakers shared with the actor Jean-Pierre Leaud, who started his career as a child and grew up with Godard and Truffaut as brilliantly bickering father figures. Written and narrated by former Cahiers editor Antoine de Baecque, it is a meticulously researched examination of this vibrant and turbulent period in film history. With clips from over thirty films and rare interviews with Godard and Truffaut throughout their careers, TWO IN THE WAVE is an essential and often revelatory look at the life and work of two of cinema's inimitable masters.
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Insightful and loving tribute to the appointed leaders of the French Wave. This movement has had the greatest impact on modern, post 1970 American cinema; since Spielberg, Scorsese and most of the leading US filmmakers site Truffaut and Godard as major influences. And Truffaut and Godard were influenced by Orson Welles and Hitchcock, who were influenced by German Expressionism, who were influenced by French pioneers Feuillard, Guy and Melies.....and so it goes.
Two In the Wave is a documentary mostly made up of old interviews of Truffaut and Godard and film clips of their works. It traces the rise and fall (arguably) of these two auteurs’ film careers and friendship. Some more context could have been given concerning Laurent’s involvement with these Godard and Truffaut and the pretty woman who is occasionally featured reading things and wandering about. The parts focusing on the events leading up to the 1968 riots and Jean-Pierre Léaud’s involvement with Truffaut and Godard were particularly interesting. I don’t think I would have liked this movie as much without prior knowledge of these mens’ films. I would recommend at least seeing Breathless and The 400 Blows before watching this documentary.