Packing a great deal of information into a slim volume, this book gives a very useful guide to the landmark cinema of Truffaut, Godard, Malle and their contemporaries. The background detail puts the whole 'wave' movement into a logical context, exploring their influences and the circumstances that allowed such an explosion of new talent to occur as and when it did. The author also explains the styles and choices of subject matter that were favoured before reviewing the most significant movies of the genre, from AND GOD CREATED WOMAN to PIERROT LE FOU, which he clearly sees as the ultimate expression of the 'wave' - and I guess he's not alone there!
The book further details how each film came to be made, how it was received when released and what it's influence on later films and directors would be.Although clearly an fan of the New Wave, the author is in no way star-struck and his ratings (out of 5) are sometimes brutally objective and logical. This all makes for an ideal guide which anyone, like myself, who has recently 'discovered' French New Wave films and is hungry for information will find a great help. I found that having read it cover to cover I have referred back to it frequently ever since, so it's a book that will stay on my shelves and rapidly become dog-eared from re-reading - and what better recommendation can there be?