The Grand in Ellsworth this weekend presents “Two in the Wave,” a documentary about the energy, imagination and daring of filmmakers Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, who lead the French New Wave as it was celebrated in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
An official selection of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, “Two in the Wave” brings insight to Truffaut’s debut feature “The 400 Blows,” which premiered at Cannes in 1959. It was followed quickly by Jean-Luc Godard’s equally thrilling “Breathless,” based on a Truffaut story.
The two filmmaking rebels, great friends and fellow graduates of the Cahiers du Cinema, hailed from different sides of the tracks: Truffaut, a poor reform school boy, and Godard, a Swiss haute-bourgeois. Director Emmanuel Laurent’s fascinating documentary poignantly melds revealing period footage of both men with scenes from some of their greatest films, as it moves inexorably toward their bitter falling-out.
July 24th, 3pm & 7pm
July 25th, 5:30 pm
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