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Marja Warehime

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719068225

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719068225.001.0001

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Pialat and the Nouvelle Vague

Pialat and the Nouvelle Vague

(p.23) 2 Pialat and the Nouvelle Vague
Maurice Pialat

Marja Warehime

Manchester University Press

This chapter focuses on Maurice Pialat's relationship to the Nouvelle Vague and to two major filmmakers of the 1930s and 1940s against whose work Pialat measured his own: Jean Renoir and Marcel Carné. Pialat's outburst reflects his longstanding resentment over the fact that the young directors of the Nouvelle Vague had already begun to make names for themselves in the 1960s while he was still struggling to make films. His sense that he had not been given the same opportunities as the little group of friends at Cahiers led him to reject the Nouvelle Vague and belittle its importance. He turned elsewhere to find a model for a successful career in film, looking back to the popular cinema of the 1930s and 1940s, to films by major directors such as Pagnol, Carné or Renoir and the Saturday night cinema he had loved as a child. Yet the small-budget revolution associated with the Nouvelle Vague made it increasingly difficult for any filmmaker to aspire to a career in the mould of Pagnol or Carné.

Keywords:   Maurice Pialat, Nouvelle Vague, Jean Renoir, Marcel Carné, filmmakers

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