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Two In The Wave (Not Rated)

French with English subtitles

This wonderful documentary focuses on the friendship—and eventual bitter breakup—between the two leading figures of the French New Wave (Nouvelle Vague), François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. As young cinema-mad 20-year-olds both were critics on the influential Cahiers du Cinema. Truffaut attacked the stodgy Cannes Film Festival to such a degree that he was banned from it—but the very next year, 1959, his debut film The 400 Blows was invited to Cannes and won the Best Director prize. Soon thereafter Truffaut helped launch Godard's directing career by providing the story for Breathless. Although the two never collaborated on another film they did share the acting services of young Jean-Pierre Léaud, who became the on-screen embodiment of their attitudes and styles. The Paris student uprising of 1968 (in which Truffaut and Godard demonstrated together) greatly politicized Godard, and increased the gap between their cinematic philosophies. Two in the Wave contains a wealth of rare archival footage, fascinating interviews, and delicious film excerpts. Written and narrated by former Cahiers du Cinema editor Antoine de Baecque and directed by Emmanuel Laurent. With Isild Le Besco.