In the late 1950s, the French film critics Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette, Eric Rohmer and Claude Chabrol—all of whom wrote for the seminal film magazine Cahiers du Cinéma—began making films themselves. The result was a succession of film classics—Breathless, The 400 Blows, La Femme Infidèle and My Night at Maud’s, to name just a few—and the creation of an exciting and significant movement in film history: the French New Wave.

For the next two decades, these five directors created a new film language that would influence generations of filmmakers, all of them united by a common desire to make movies that tested the limits of fiction against the elusive nature of reality. American directors William Friedkin, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg and even Quentin Tarantino have all paid homage to the French New Wave in their films, employing the use of handheld cameras and obscuring the line between truth and the written word.

A story told through various lenses, Strata’s next motion picture The Camera is very much cinéma vérité (truthful cinema), where the camera itself becomes a character in the movie. The photos on this page are examples of films that have influenced the concept behind The Camera, including stills, one-sheets and other materials from the New Wave movement. But this is only the beginning of the journey. In the months to come, we’ll be posting more images, videos, and our own marketing presentation for the film. “Photography is truth and the cinema is truth twenty-four frames per second,” said Godard. We hope you’ll check back with us from time to time and scroll through this menu category to see what develops.