Welcome to the seventh Battle Royale here at The Most Beautiful Fraud in the World. It is an ongoing series that will pit two classic cinematic greats against each other - and you can vote for who is the greater by clicking your choice over in the poll at the top of the sidebar.
With our seventh edition of Battle Royale, I have decided to bring this usually classic Hollywood based contest into the modern day. Well, by modern day, I am talking the 1960's - at least mainly. This time around you are being asked to decide between those two rabble-rousing, young buck, revolutionary critics-turned-filmmakers (though I should probably say critics-turned-auteurs) who began it all with the Nouvelle Vague, or the French New Wave if you will, way back in 1959. Now yes, there were a whole gang of cinematic thugs (and I use that term quite lovingly indeed) that helped create what would become known as the aforementioned Nouvelle Vague - Claude Chabrol arguably was the first to release a New Wave film, and Jacques Rivette, Eric Rohmer, Alain Resnais, Jacques Demy and others were among the creative forces in the movement, but let's face it, it's all about Godard and Truffaut, and we know it.
François Truffaut, the man who, while writing for Cahiers du Cinema, gave us the auteur theory (later expanded and espoused by NY film critic Andrew Sarris) was the heart of the movement while fellow compatriot Jean Luc Godard was its brains - or perhaps the guts. Your mission, if you accept it, is to pick the one you think is the greater filmmaker - the greater auteur. Is it the romantic who gave us the acerbic sentimentalism of The 400 Blows or is it the man who broke it all open with Breathless a year later? The man who brought us Jules et Jim and the Antoine Doinel series or the one who gave us Contempt, Band of Outsiders and Week-end? The man who said "Film lovers are sick people" or the man who said "Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world" (sounds familiar, eh)? It is a battle between all the Truffaut lovers and all the Godard heads out there. The decision is yours o faithful readers and true believers. All you need do is go on over to the poll (found conveniently near the top of the sidebar) and vote your collective little hearts out.
And please remember that one must go over to the poll to have one's vote counted. You can babble away in the comments section all you want (and that is certainly something I encourage, as we never get enough feedback around these parts) but to have your vote count, you must click on your choice in the poll. And also, please go and tell all your friends to vote as well. Our biggest voter turnout since starting the Battle Royale series has been just 66 votes. I know we can get that number to a cool one hundred before it is all said and done and the proverbial smoke does its proverbial clearing. The voting period will last two weeks, so get out there and vote people, because all you sick film lovers out there who love the beautiful fraud that is cinema, will definitely need to be in on this one.