FILM THEORY AND SURVEYS

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Hardcover, 10 x 11.5 in. / 288 pgs / 250 color / 50 bw.

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French New Wave

A Revolution in Design

Edited by Tony Nourmand. Introduction by Christopher Frayling. Design by Graham Marsh. Text by Alison Elangasinghe.

This 1959 poster by Christian Broutin for Robert Bresson's 'Pickpocket' is reproduced from 'French New Wave.'

The definitive celebration of the visual imagery of the French New Wave with its explosive and groundbreaking poster art

The French New Wave of the 1950s and 1960s is one of the most important movements in the history of film. Its fresh energy and vision changed the cinematic landscape, and its style has had a seminal impact on pop culture. The poster artists tasked with selling these Nouvelle Vague films to the masses—in France and internationally—helped to create this style, and in so doing found themselves at the forefront of a revolution in art, graphic design and photography.

French New Wave: A Revolution in Design celebrates explosive and groundbreaking poster art that accompanied French New Wave films like The 400 Blows (1959), Jules and Jim (1962) and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964). Featuring posters from over 20 countries, the imagery is accompanied by biographies of more than 100 artists, photographers and designers involved—the first time many of those responsible for promoting and portraying this movement have been properly recognized.

This publication spotlights the poster designers who defined the look of the French New Wave. Artists presented in this volume include Jean-Michel Folon, Boris Grinsson, Waldemar Swierzy, Christian Broutin, Tomasz Ruminski, Hans Hillman, Georges Allard, René Ferracci, Bruno Rehak, Zdenek Ziegler, Miroslav Vystrcil, Peter Strausfeld, Maciej Hibner, Andrzej Krajewski, Maciej Zbikowski, Josef Vylet’al, Sandro Simeoni, Averardo Ciriello, Marcello Colizzi and many more.


This 1959 poster by Christian Broutin for Robert Bresson's 'Pickpocket' is reproduced from 'French New Wave.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Airmail

The French New Wave film posters quickly became as groundbreaking as the 50s and 60s films themselves. [This] new book highlights the designers behind the movement’s explosive aesthetic.

Guardian

Killian Fox

Godard, Truffaut, Resnais…the 50s and 60s saw a burst of intense innovation in French cinema, a spirit reflected in the bold film poster designs of the time.

New York Observer

Editors

the designers were like the film-makers-young, energetic, creative. they broke all the rules

Creative Review

Megan Williams

A compelling new book [that delves] into the rich design history of la Nouvelle Vague, and illustrates how graphic art broke new ground during the seminal movement.

Huck

Sara Rosen

French New Wave: A Revolution in Design...reveals how French New Wave film posters became as powerful as the movies themselves, transforming the landscape of visual culture through art, photography, and graphic design.

CriterionCast

Joshua Brunsting

...an important and thoughtful text about one of film’s great movements, a series of brief artist profiles that re-contextualize this moment in history in a manner never truly done before. The epitome of a coffee table book, this will no doubt be the topic of any discussion you have after buying it.

Elephant

Emily Gosling

The poster design of the Nouvelle Vague reveals that the iconic era of cinema was about a lot more than intellectualism, eroticism and jump cuts: it was an international movement that changed the course of graphic design history.

AIGA

Jeremy Allen

These posters from all around the world have been collected in a new compendium—French New Wave: A Revolution In Design, published by Reel Art Press. Just as the energy and vision of the films changed the cinematic landscape, so too were the posters an explosion of Pop Art, Dadaism, and Abstract Expressionism.

Los Angeles Times

Kenneth Turan

The book illustrates the way groundbreaking cinematic style inspired an equally dazzling explosion of poster art around the world, presenting examples from over 20 countries and biographies of more than 100 poster-makers to prove its point.

Los Angeles Times

Kenneth Turan

beautifully illustrated book...from the examplary folks are reel art press

Bookforum

Howard Hampton

[French New Wave showcases] graphics worthy of their cinema sources: anarchic, dream-struck, recondite, and intoxicating.

It's Nice That

Jyni Ong

[French New Wave] delves into one of the most important movements in the history of film. Centred around the designers, the compendium, which is also edited by Tony, celebrates the distinctive flair embraced by poster artists in the latter half of the 20th century.

Double Negative

Editors

more ambitious than many a coffee table book- a sumptous and enlightening production

French New Wave

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