The ‘Nouvelle Vague’ and French cinema: an ‘exception’ to be protected

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The death of French-Swiss director Jean-Luc Godard earlier this month caused a wave of emotions in France. He was arguably the most iconic member of the French New Wave, one of the most influential movements in the history of cinema and one that has marked generations of filmmakers around the world. While French cinema has traditionally inspired and captivated filmmakers overseas, today it needs to defend itself against the bulldozer of major foreign film machines such as Hollywood, as well as streaming platforms. So what is the state doing to protect French cinema? Let’s take a closer look at this edition of French Connections.