DEUX DE LA VAGUE / TWO IN THE WAVE

SYNOPSIS
The “two” in the title are François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard; the “wave” is the French New Wave, of which both men are the most renowned creators. Emmanuel Laurent’s fascinating documentary traces the friendship of these two legendary auteurs, who met in the movie-clubs of Paris and would later become colleagues in the 1950s as writers for Cahiers du Cinéma. Assembling a wonderful array of archival material (film clips, newspaper articles, interview footage), Laurent focuses on the great triumphs both men had with their debut features: Truffaut in 1959 with The 400 Blows, Godard in 1960 with Breathless—works that forever changed the history of cinema. Though they had very different backgrounds (Truffaut came from an unhappy working-class family, Godard from a distinguished Franco-Swiss clan), both men maintained a close, supportive friendship throughout most of the 1960s. Their tragic split began in the final years of that decade, as Godard’s films became more and more politicized; their ties were severed irrevocably in 1973 after Godard wrote a cruel letter to Truffaut attacking his film Day for Night. Laurent’s documentary is essential viewing for all those who wish to know more about these two invaluable mavericks.

“Two in the Wave, while it provides plenty of biographical information, is above all interested in the artistic personalities of its subjects. It was, after all, the shared love of film that brought them together, despite their differences in temperament and background. And it was partly their divergent ideas about what cinema should become that drove the two men apart.”
A. O. Scott, The New York Times

DIRECTOR
Emmanuel Laurent

WRITER / NARRATOR
Antoine de Baecque

PARTICIPANT
Islid Le Besco

GENRE Documentary
LANGUAGE French
RUNNING TIME 93’
PRODUCTION France, 2009
RATING Not Rated
FORMAT(S) Digibeta, DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
Kino Lorber EDU