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De quelques anciennes vagues: "Old Wave" French Films, as identified in Jacques Siclier's 'Nouvelle Vague?'

A summary of French films predating the French New Wave, with works and directors identified as being part of "some Old Waves." From the introductory chapter of Nouvelle Vague?, Jacques Siclier's 1961 French-language book surveying the early days of the French New Wave.

Siclier breaks the directors and their films into these date-based distinctions: 1940 to 1944, 1945, 1946, 1951, 1955-1956. This list is presented in the chronological order of the source.

Some films are not identified by name, but rather as the results of the respective directors making their "first" films (which is not always an accurate claim), making a notable shift, or realizing their potential within the time frame. When there is doubt which film Siclier is referring to in his summary, I've used the director's first credited movie as director from Siclier's timeline.

The films by Molinaro and Malle are described as "readying the storefront for the opening of the New Wave."

  • The Trump Card
  • The Murderer Lives at Number 21
  • La fausse maîtresse
  • Nous les gosses
  • Angels of Sin
  • The Marriage of Chiffon
  • Le lit à colonnes
  • Sideral Cruises
  • Le loup des Malveneur
  • The Big Fight
  • Monsieur des Lourdines
  • Adémaï bandit d'honneur
  • Mermoz
  • Malaria
  • Service de nuit
  • Stormy Waters
  • Strangers in the House
  • Les deux timides
  • The Battle of the Rails
  • The Queer Assignment
  • Les malheurs de Sophie
  • Le jugement dernier
  • Les Clandestins
  • Au Cœur de l'orage
  • Messieurs Ludovic
  • Une idée à l'eau
  • Star Without Light
  • Impasse
  • Once Is Enough
  • Dropped from Heaven
  • Six heures à perdre
  • Coïncidences
  • Les gosses mènent l'enquête
  • The Village of Wrath
  • L'assassin n'est pas coupable
  • Fantômas
  • Dernier Refuge
  • Clockface Cafe
  • Farrebique, or the Four Seasons
  • Knock
  • Descendez, on vous demande
  • The High Life
  • Trip to America
  • Le Dindon
  • They Were Five
  • The Hunting Ground
  • Les loups chassent la nuit
  • Les dents longues
  • Three Women
  • Nights of Paris
  • Musique en tête
  • That Naughty Girl
  • The Whole Town Accuses
  • Girl on the Third Floor
  • The Aristocrats
  • Mort en Fraude
  • The Wicked Go to Hell
  • ...And God Created Woman
  • Back to the Wall
  • Elevator to the Gallows