Two in the Wave | Chicago Reader

Two in the Wave

If you're curious about the friendship between Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard—which helped birth the French New Wave in the late 50s and then ruptured amid the radical politics of the late 60s—I highly recommend Richard Brody's article "Auteur Wars," which the New Yorker published in April 2008. This French documentary (2010) by Emmanuel Laurent travels much the same narrative arc, but even with its wealth of films clips and archival interview footage, it lacks the drama and insight of Brody's story, absorbing Truffaut and Godard's brilliant aesthetic dialogue into a more general (and generic) recap of the New Wave. Laurent adds an interesting stroke with his treatment of Jean-Pierre Leaud, the young actor who worked with both men and was torn between them when they fell out. But Laurent also trivializes his story with pointless shots of actress Isild Le Besco, an inheritor of the New Wave's empty cool, paging through old copies of Cahiers du Cinema. In French with subtitles.



  • Emmanuel Laurent


  • Jean-Luc Godard
  • Jean-Pierre Léaud
  • Isild Le Besco
  • François Truffaut


  • Emmanuel Laurent

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