Nouvelle vague (New Wave) (1990)




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Nouvelle Vague marks the beginning of a period in Jean-Luc Godard's career in which he made films that looked back on his previous work. In these retrospective films, Godard asked himself whether it is possible to continue as a film director under the conditions imposed by international commercial cinema. Appropriately enough, Nouvelle Vague concerns the return of a man (Roger Lennox / Richard Lennox, played by Alain Delon, superstar of 60s and 70s international cinema) who may or may not have returned from the dead. The film's narrative is extremely disjointed and might be better understood as an essay on the idea of returning. The theme of a return from the dead gives Godard the opportunity to come back to the religious imagery and theological considerations that interested him from 1983's Hail Mary. The film's dialogue is a patchwork of unattributed quotations from works of literature, philosophy, and economics, a technique that Godard adopted in most of his films after this one. Even if the film's "story" is not easy to understand, the beauty of its images and sounds, along with the sublime rhythms of the editing, may be enough to ravish some audiences. ~ Louis Schwartz, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Special Interest
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Alain Delon
as Roger Lennox / Richard Lennox
Domiziana Giordano
as Countess Elena Torlato-Favrini
Roland Amstutz
as Jules the gardener
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Critic Reviews for Nouvelle vague (New Wave)

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Alain Delon stars in what may be the last truly great theatrical feature by Jean-Luc Godard to date.

Full Review… | April 17, 2007
Chicago Reader
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Godard's opening salvo of the '90s sustains an elegiac note to unexpectedly potent effect.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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A good title rather badly used for Jean-Luc Godard's featherweight new film.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Nouvelle Vague may be Godard's most complex and layered film, but attempting to unlock its secrets makes it one of his most rewarding.

Full Review… | April 22, 2005
Cinematic Reflections

Delon, patently no longer his earlier vision of beauty, looks somewhat bemused -- as do emerging audiences.

Full Review… | July 22, 2003

The challenging experience of watching it is key to understanding what it has to offer.

Full Review… | July 22, 2003

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