French New Wave

French New Wave

A Revolution in Design



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“This book is a compendium of new wave posters. It is organised around the designers (at last!). It emphasises the key contribution of Eastern Europe as well as Western Europe, and beyond. And it is a very timely volume, assembled with R|A|P’s usual flair, style and understanding.” Sir Christopher Frayling

The French New Wave is one of the most important movements in the history of film. Its fresh energy and vision changed the cinematic landscape and it has had a seminal impact on pop culture. The poster artists tasked with selling these Nouvelle Vague films to the masses were at the forefront of a revolution in art, graphic design and photography. This volume is a visual celebration of their explosive and groundbreaking poster art.

Featuring posters from several countries, the diverse imagery for films like Breathless, Fahrenheit 451 and Le Mepris is accompanied by biographies on over 100 artists, photographers and designers – the first time many of those responsible for promoting and portraying this movement have been properly recognized.

This book is a definitive celebration on the visual imagery of the French New Wave.

ISBN: 978-0957261-04-4
304pp; Hardback; 350+ Colour and B&W Photographs and Artworks
290 x 245 mm / 11.5 x 9.5 in.


Introduction by Sir Christopher Frayling

Edited by Tony Nourmand

Art direction and design by Graham Marsh

Text by Alison Elangasinghe