French New Wave
Directed by Louis Malle • 1958 • France
Starring Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Marc Bory
Louis Malle unveiled the natural beauty of Jeanne Moreau in his breakthrough, ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS. With his follow-up, the scandalous smash THE LOVERS (LES AMANTS), he made her a star once and for all. A deeply felt and luxuriously filmed fairy tale for grown-ups, perched on the edge between classical and New Wave cinemas, THE LOVERS presents Moreau as a restless bourgeois wife whose eye wanders from both her husband and her lover to an attractive passing stranger (Jean-Marc Bory). Thanks to its frank sexuality, THE LOVERS caused quite a stir, being censored and attacked for obscenity around the world. If today its shock has worn off, its glistening sensuality and seductive storytelling haven’t aged a day.
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Directed by François Truffaut • 1959 • France
Starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Rémy
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Hiroshima mon amour
Directed by Alain Resnais • 1959 • France, Japan
Starring Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada
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Directed by Claude Chabrol • 1959 • France
Starring Jean-Claude Brialy, Gérard Blain
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