What makes a cinematic movement a new wave? There are many loose definitions for the term “new wave”, but when applying it to national cinemas, two things are clear: a cinematic new wave is a movement that is distinctively different to the dominant mode of filmmaking of its home nation and its main goal, in every iteration, is to rejuvenate a national cinema with fresh ideas.
This might take the form of the use of new and groundbreaking filming technology, such as light weight cameras, or new editing practices that break traditional rules of filmmaking. It may appear evident through narratives that are radicalized – for the purpose of confronting social taboos – or politicized – for the purpose of acting as a voice for the oppressed underclass. New wave movements seek to deconstruct and subvert the cinema of its predecessors and offer something that atones more to the sensibilities of the younger or future generations.
The legacy of these movements can be seen in the cinema we watch today. The content we are shown, no matter how explicit, and the great variety of film forms and cinematic experimentations are a direct result of the groundbreaking path that national new waves have carved out.
Every individual new wave movement has a brilliant and unique body of work to offer. So, for anyone looking to expand their cinematic horizons, here is a list of the 10 greatest new wave movements in film history.
10. Hong Kong New Wave (1979-1995)
Two historical events would come to shape Hong Kong cinema in the late 1970s: the end of the cultural revolution in China and the impending return of the territory to China, which was due to take place in 1997. These events lead to a unique cinema based in Hong Kong → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema