Highgrove Education

French Nouvelle Vague Cinema

‘The New Wave has influenced all filmmakers who have worked since, whether they saw the films or not. It submerged cinema like a tidal wave’ (Martin Scorsese). The ‘Nouvelle Vague’ remains one of the most influential cinema movements of all time. Its films, made by young, rebellious directors in the late 1950s and early 1960s, marked a radical change from French mainstream cinema. In this course we will be looking at the changes brought about in film by the New Wave and exploring some of the movement’s most famous films and directors.

Key Information



Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
TeacherMs Lesley Paramo, French and Spanish Teacher
Course Length10 weeks
Live LessonsOne 45-minute lesson per week
HomeworkApproximately half an hour a week
Entry RequirementsNone. Films can be viewed with English subtitles if required.

Course Syllabus

Lesson 1What was the Nouvelle Vague?
Lesson 2Origins of the Nouvelle Vague
Lesson 3The 400 Blows, François Truffaut
Lesson 4The director as auteur
Lesson 5Breathless, Jean-Luc Godard
Lesson 6Innovative cinematographic techniques
Lesson 7Cléo from 5 to 7, Agnès Varda
Lesson 8Narrative and themes in Nouvelle Vague films
Lesson 9Hiroshima mon amour, Alain Resnais
Lesson 10The influence of the Nouvelle Vague today

Teacher Profile

Ms Paramo has been teaching Spanish and French for ten years, most recently teaching the Edexcel IAL course in French at Harrow School Online. Prior to this she taught both languages at a range of top UK schools, including Dulwich College, Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School and Mulberry School for Girls. Ms Paramo gained a first in a joint honours degree in Modern Languages & Linguistics from Pembroke College, Oxford University, and a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages from Roehampton University. She has also completed a master’s degree in Language Acquisition at Toulouse University in France.