Forgotten Filmmakers of the French New Wave

May 29–Jul 6, 2020

MoMA

Le combat dans l’île (Fire and Ice). 1962. France. Directed by Alain Cavalier. Courtesy Photofest
  • MoMA, Floor T2/T1 The Debra and Leon Black Family Film Center

The French New Wave of the 1950s and ’60s radically transformed the language of cinema. While its leading figures are widely recognized—over the years, Godard, Truffaut, Rohmer, Rivette, Chabrol, Varda, Resnais, Demy, and Marker have all been the subject of retrospectives at MoMA and beyond—there were many other New Wave filmmakers whose work has remained largely unsung. This major survey, including more than 30 features and 25 short films, will allow audiences to rediscover some of them, drawing upon the dictionary of 162 new filmmakers that appeared in the December 1962 issue of Cahiers du cinéma. Included among these is Alain Cavalier’s rarely screened L’insoumis (1964), starring Alain Delon, as well as other films relating to the Algerian War, including James Blue’s The Olive Trees of Justice (1961) and Jacques Panijel’s banned film October in Paris (1962). The series also includes female filmmakers of this period, including Paula Delsol and Yannick Bellon.

Organized by Jean-Michel Frodon, guest curator, and Joshua Siegel, Curator, Department of Film.

Support for the exhibition is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Steven Tisch, with major contributions from Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin, Karen and Gary Winnick, and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.

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