1. A Journalistic Slogan and a New Generation.
2. A Critical Concept.
3. A Mode of Production and Distribution.
4. A Technical Practice, an Aesthetic.
5. New Themes and New Bodies: Characters and Actors.
6. The New Wave's International Influence and Legacy Today.
Appendix: Chronology of Major Political and Cultural Events.
'In Richard Neupert's extremely readable translation, Michel Marie's French New Wave is just what the directors ordered – a rat-a-tat-tat new look at the Nouvelle Vague that is fresh and irreverent. Michel Poiccard/Jean-Paul Belmondo would have loved it.' Rick Altman, University of Iowa
- Provides a concise account of the French New Wave by one of the world's leading film scholars.
- Outlines the essential traits of the New Wave and defines it as a school that changed international film history forever.
- Includes a chronology of major political and cultural events of the New Wave, black-and-white images, and an extensive bibliography.