A Newcomer’s Guide to La Nouvelle Vague: Issue #3

A Newcomer’s Guide to La Nouvelle Vague: Issue #3

Issue number three of A Newcomer’s Guide to La Nouvelle Vague – each film will take us through emotional stories about happiness, death, and absence. I hope that this set of films will be added to your watch list for a rainy day!  

La Jetée/The Pier

La Jetée/The Pier

This 1963 short film, La Jetée, directed by Chris Marker, takes us through his creative, original vision of time travel where a man realizes he witnessed his own death. Marker triumphantly conceives a complex narrative and representation of time through the use of just still photos.

Le Fou Follet/The Fire Within

Le Fou Follet/The Fire Within

Le Fou Follet, or The Fire Within in English, is a 1963 film directed by Louis Malle. The story follows a writer who has overcome his alcoholism with rehabilitation, however, he still suffers greatly from depression and anxiety. He decides to take his own life, but he visits some friends in Paris before he does. Trigger warning: this essay presents ideas about suicide, depression and contains images depicting both, as the film’s message and plot centers around them.

Les Parapluies de Cherbourg/The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Les Parapluies de Cherbourg/The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Les Parapluies de Cherbourg – or The Umbrellas of Cherbourg – directed by Jacques Demy in 1964, is a movie that doesn’t have any musical numbers or backup dancers, but its dialogue is all one long song. It is so colorful and bright, leaving you with a skip in your step when you finish watching it.

Cléo from 5 to 7

Cléo from 5 to 7

In the 1962 film, Cléo from 5 to 7, Agnès Varda directs her rendition of what it feels like to wait for a test result. Through the character of Florence or Cléo, played by Corinne Marchand, she experiences the ups and downs of waiting within two hours but finds relief in someone who she never expected.

Enola Holmes (2020)

Enola Holmes (2020)

A look at Netflix’s latest play at a “mystery” movie, Enola Holmes (2020) stars Millie Bobby Brown as it’s lead with other notable cast members, but that may be its most memorable takeaway.

The Devil All the Time (2020): A Star-Studded Psychological Crime Melodrama

The Devil All the Time (2020): A Star-Studded Psychological Crime Melodrama

Based on a novel of the same title by Donald Ray Pollock, The Devil All the Time (2020) directed by Antonio Campus, is the thriller film we have been waiting for this year. Based in rural America, starting from the end of World War II, the film touches on many difficult topics such as suicide, gender oppression, cancer, sexual assault, and toxic religion, starring Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson.

Working with the Pros in Film 490

Film Studies majors Joe Eichele and Brynn Artley start off the Fall 2020 semester with a report from their documentary production class where students are working with Ambient House Productions.

The Most Dangerous Game (1932): Ironic Misogyny

The Most Dangerous Game (1932): Ironic Misogyny

Despite its apparent criticism of the objectification of women, Irving Pichel and Ernest B. Schoedsack’s 1932 film “The Most Dangerous Game” falls prey to the misogyny found so often in action and adventure films, reducing its only female character to a damsel-in-distress archetype as well as implicit affirming its antagonist’s ideology.

From the Oscars: The Lion King (2019)

From the Oscars: The Lion King (2019)

Being nominated at the 92nd Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects, The Lion King (2019) directed by Jon Favreau sought to bring new life to an old Disney classic. And it is a stunningly beautiful movie – too bad the rest of the movie falls short.

From the Oscars: Joker (2019)

From the Oscars: Joker (2019)

Joker is highlighted by a gob-smacking performance from Joaquin Phoenix, thematic and stunning cinematography, and social commentary on mental health on a societal level.

Mulan (2020): A Reimagined Legend

Mulan (2020): A Reimagined Legend

The premiere of the highly anticipated Disney live-action, Mulan (2020), is now in the midst of major controversy after falling flat on several different aspects in the eyes of both the public and critics.

Review: Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria, 2019)

Review: Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria, 2019)

Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers (2019) brings together a great team of A-List talents, but ultimately, leaves a lot to be desired both its ideological message and its cinematography. In the end, the only thing Hustlers will be hustling is your time and money.

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