Every now and then a film comes along that defines a genre. I think you’ll agree that, despite being made several decades after the movement, The Big Boys (Le Big Boyes) is the film that defines French New Wave Cinema.
Despite it’s obvious innovations, French New Wave suffered from too many limitations. Firstly, it was all in French. Disastrously short sighted in marketing terms. Secondly, the films were long. And I mean really long. Now, I don’t know whether or not people had more time in the 40’s or 50’s or whenever these films were made, but I simply don’t have enough space in my day to watch someone riding a bike for six hours, sighing. Thirdly, and most importantly, who cares about some people dancing in a cafe? I can watch Pulp Fiction for that. And it’s got Samuel L. Jackson in it.
Despite not having Samuel L. Jackson in it, The Big Boys has none of these flaws: It’s in English and it’s about 2 minutes long. And it’s got subtitles, so it’s credible. There is also no bike riding or dancing in cafes. Though there is a bit of sighing.
Classmate Jacob Topen at his improvisational best as the rest of us (Me, Kelvin and Miles) try not to crack up. Arron on camera, Gerard on lights and Dave Directing. Enjoy.