This challenge has been initiated by Axis of Action and I couldn’t resist because I fell in love with The Dreamers years ago; years before it became a hipster anthem of some sort and tutti quanti. For those who know me a little, my love for twisted storylines and lost youth is not new. The Dreamers is just that. What else could it be when the tragic trio formed by Isabelle, Theo and Matthew, right at the boiling point of the 1968 Paris student riots… the famous riots which defined French culture and lifestyle for years to come!
The Dreamers is made of numerous references to classics more or less in touch with the subject the movie is trying to underline. One of them is Godard’s Pierrot le Fou that I chose to watch maybe because of the countless references I encountered on Tumblr for the past years. Talk about inceptions and unconscious suggestions, hahaha.
I’m not sure it is necessary to introduce Godard anymore but for those who need a little reminder, Godard is one of the most prominent figure of the New Wave, a movement that swept up French cinema starting from the late 50s to the late 60s.
With other filmmakers like François Truffaud or Agnès Varda, the New Wave was the rejection of movies written by novelists and iconoclasm. The New Wave artists wanted a purer connection to social issues while experimenting with the editing, visual style and narrative. They were looking for a way to express themselves and break the conservatism they reproached to French cinema.
It is exactly what Pierrot le Fou is about.
Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo) is unhappily married to a rich Italian woman. Recently fired from his job, he feels the need ever vivid to escape his life and break through his rigid, insipid Parisian bourgeois lifestyle. He runs away with his ex-girlfriend, Marianne (Anna Karina), an escapade that will end up rather tragically as they’re being chased by Organisation of the Secret Army gangsters.
If the New Wave favourite theme is hard to miss, the movie itself is an ode to the genre with a narrative and imagery uniquely put together. A style you will easily find in The Dreamers as well.
If you’re curious about the New Wave, both films are something you don’t want to miss. Let me know if you have seen any of them or if you’re passionate about the New Wave era in the comments!
If you want to participate, here are the rules:
- Pick three movies out of the list of references in the 2003 film The Dreamers.
- Make three separate posts about them, one for each.
- You can write, photograph, share whatever you want about them.
- They don’t have to be consecutive posts, but they cannot be more than one month apart.
- Ping back your challenger.
- Challenge a grand total of three more bloggers, one per post.
- Tag it #TheDreamersChallenge.
I tag anyone who wants to do (I know it said three, but please go ahead and share the fun!)