Marker, Resnais, Varda: Remembering the Left Bank Group

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This paper provides an introduction to and an appreciation of the Left Bank Group of French filmmakers: Agnes Varda, Chris Marker and Alain Resnais. Working at the same time as the French New Wave filmmakers (Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer and Jacques Rivette), The Left Bank Group have either been overshadowed by, or considered a minor sub-set of, their much more famous contemporaries. However, the films of the Left Bank Group are intellectually, politically, and aesthetically demanding, and, as this article argues, should be understood as a group in their own right, rather than as a lesser cousin of the French New Wave.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSenses of Cinema
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2009


  • film
  • film studies
  • Film and television studies
  • chris marker
  • agnes varda
  • alain resnais
  • left bank group
  • french new wave
  • nouvelle vague


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