This promises to be very special. The French New Wave – A Revolution In Design book is now available to order.
Special because Reel Art Press only really do special books. In-depth, well-researched coffee table books courtesy of people who really know their stuff. The names Tony Nourmand and Graham Marsh are attached to this one and if you check here, you can see their past work, including everything from Steve McQueen and the Ivy League look through to some wonderful photography and film poster books.
This one should sit nicely amongst that selection, a focus on the art and design of the French New Wave movement, one of the most significant and stylish movements in the history of filmmaking.
It added an energy to moviemaking at the turn of the 1960s and its influence was widespread, both across the film industry and on the streets too. The films of the French New Wave movement were a huge influence on teenagers, not least the mods of the 1960s.
But they were also an influence in the fields of art, graphic design and photography, which is where this particular book comes in.
The book is a visual celebration of the poster art used to promote the titles, featuring posters from over 20 countries, it offers up imagery for films such as Breathless, Fahrenheit 451 and Le Mepris, along with biographies on over 100 artists, photographers and designers. In fact, it is the many of those responsible for ‘promoting and portraying’ this movement have been properly recognised in print.
Likely to be the definitive work on the subject, the 350-page book is available to pre-order now ahead of its October release, but not cheap at £49.95.