The “Nouvelle Vague” and French cinema: an “exception” to protect

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The death of French-Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard earlier this month sparked an outburst of emotion in France. He was arguably the most iconic member of the French New Wave, one of the most influential movements in film history and one that shaped generations of filmmakers around the world. While French cinema has traditionally inspired and fascinated filmmakers abroad, today it must be defended from the bulldozers of major foreign film machines such as Hollywood and streaming platforms. So what is the state doing to protect French cinema? In this issue of French Connections we take a closer look.