on 7 January 2012
I have read extensively on the French New Wave cinema of the late 1950's, early 1960's and I consider Godard to be one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Thus it was natural that I was attracted to this film. I can't really disagree with the sentiment of the previous reviewer, to be quite fair. I have, however, given the film 4 stars because of the content that it does contain. The interviews with both Godard and Truffaut, for example, as well as several behind the scenes moments from some of their great films from the period.
For somebody looking for a documentary which will provide an introduction to what the nouvelle vague and/or Godard and Truffaut was/were all about, this film will certainly satisfy. However, for anybody with a decent knowledge of the nouvelle vague will be left cursing a missed opportunity.
on 26 July 2011
This film could have been great. Instead the director drowns the film in his own rhetoric, and turns one of the most amazing collaborations and spectacular fallouts in cinema history into some kind of teen novel-tabloid trash that was such a shame to watch.
Considering that both Alain Resnais, and more importantly Jacques Rivette are still around from the New Wave bunch (Rivette being with Cahiers as well) the film is some kind of Wednesday night special on some crap obscure satellite channel, that wastes such an amazing topic with paltry filmmaking skills and no kind of historical insight that you wonder why the French financiers didn't take it upon themselves to sack the directors arse of the film. Oh well.
It has some unique footage in it. But apart from that I'd avoid it.