Meaning of nouvelle vague*

nou•velle vague

Pronunciation: (n-vel vag'), [key]
— pl. nou•velles vagues
  1. a new wave, trend, movement, phase, etc., esp. in an art form.
  2. the films of a group of young French and Italian filmmakers, beginning in the late 1950s, who emphasized conscious manipulation of film techniques and psychological probing instead of plot.
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