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The Age of New WavesArt Cinema and the Staging of Globalization$
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James Tweedie

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199858286

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199858286.001.0001

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The Mise-en-Scène of Modernity

The Mise-en-Scène of Modernity

The French New Wave, Paris, and the Global 1960s

(p.45) {1} The Mise-en-Scène of Modernity
The Age of New Waves

James Tweedie

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the concept of as it developed in the film criticism of the early French new wave, especially in the pages of Cahiers du cinéma. Critics like Truffaut, Godard, Rivette, and Rohmer highlighted the central role of the director as the author of a film, and “auteur theory” had a profound influence on the subsequent history of cinema and film studies. But this emphasis on authorship has obscured the key function of mise en scène for Cahiers critics who rediscovered the vision of the film artist only through assiduous attention to the staging of bodies, objects, and the environment within the frame. The auteur and mise en scène were imbricated concepts for these critics, and this chapter revisits the early careers of the key figures of the French new wave in order to rediscover the theoretical and aesthetic value of cinematic staging.

Keywords:   french new wave, mise en scène, cahiers du cinéma, Fançois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette, Éric Rohmer, André Bazin

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