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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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New Wave Futures

New Wave Futures

(p.129) {3} New Wave Futures
The Age of New Waves

James Tweedie

Oxford University Press

While they were concerned primarily with the contemporary reality of the 1950s and 1960s, French new wave filmmakers also produced a speculative vision of the future in science fiction films and an untimely cinema that seems to blend the cities of today and tomorrow. In Alphaville, Jean-Luc Godard imagines a dystopian and authoritarian world where futuristic technology is combined with the everyday urban existence of 1960s Paris. He suggests that this oppressive science fiction is one possible outcome of the technocratic present visible in Alphaville and examined in more sociological detail in his other films from the time. The chapter concludes with a discussion of Jacques Tati’s Playtime, which stages an encounter between Tati’s old-fashioned physical comedy and the carefully planned spaces of France’s new satellite cities. Tati’s films are playful searches for the archaic possibilities that survive in this new urban realm.

Keywords:   french new wave, cities, architecture, science fiction, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Tati

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