By David Zou
The 1990s is a period of great cinematic innovation. Filmmakers from around the world made some of the most critically acclaimed movies of all time. For example, Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colors Trilogy (1993-1994), Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994), or Wong Kar-Wai’s Happy Together (1997).
However, perhaps due to such numerous amount of great films, some 90s films are slipping out of the audience’s radar: they deserve more attention. This list aims to introduce these gems with diversity in mind. Some of the films are from France, some from the United States, others from Asia. Some made by great directors such as Jean-Luc Godard or Robert Altman or Hou Hsiao-hsien, others more obscure.
All of them exemplify the cinematic art’s fertile development, although in altogether diverse ways, in genres ranging from arthouse to crime thriller. In a sense, the 1990s is a golden age of world cinema, a time when great directors made their masterpieces.
Most of the films are entertaining, some are more challenging. They are all highly worthwhile aesthetic experiences, allowing the audience to travel, for a brief duration, into another time and place, to live the lives of another.
10. Nouvelle Vague (1990)
Jean-Luc Godard’s filmography—for many film lovers, it seems—is confined to the 1960s. The French radical auteur’s obscurantist 1970s political films removed him from public attention.
However, following Godard’s return to the mainstream narrative with Every Man For Himself (1980), the critical attention paid to his work still did not regain to the level of the 1960s period. Not until recently, with Goodbye to Language (2014), which won the Palm d’Or, had Godard returned successfully to the public gaze.
Thus, Godard’s films from the 1980s to the 2000s, are, arguably, the most neglected works of art in recent memory. The 1990 narrative feature Nouvelle Vague (New → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema