• The term "new wave" refers to experimental and innovative movements in the arts and politics. New wave can be used in a general sense or to describe specific movements in film and music.

    General Definition

    Merriam Webster's dictionary defines the phrase new wave as a "new movement in a particular field."

    Nouvelle Vague

    The French Nouvelle Vague, or New Wave, was a film movement in the 1960s that made use of symbolism and improvisation. The French New Wave challenged and changed the way films are made.

    New Wave Filmmakers

    Leaders of the New Wave included Francois Truffaut and Jean Luc Godard. Godard's "Breathless" and Truffaut's "The 400 Blows" are looked upon as the first films of the New Wave.

    Musical Style

    New Wave music emerged in the 1970s, alongside punk rock. Unlike punk bands, New Wave acts incorporated pop and electronic music into their songs.

    Important New Wave Acts

    Important New Wave bands include Joy Division, The Police and New Order. The influence of New Wave continues today, with bands such as Interpol adopting a distinctly New Wave sound.


    French New Wave

    Merriam Webster: New Wave

    New Wave Music

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