Je T Aime... Moi Non Plus: Franco-British Cinematic Relations

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Lucy Mazdon, Catherine Wheatley
Berghahn Books, Nov 30, 2010 - Performing Arts - 300 pages
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A series of limiting definitions have tended to delineate the Franco-British cinematic relationship. As this collection of essays reveals, there is much more to it than simple oppositions between British critical esteem for the films of France and French dismissal of 'le cinéma British', or the success of Ken Loach et al. at the French box office and the relative dearth of French movies on British screens. In fact, there has long been a rich and productive dialogue between these two cultures in which both their clear differences and their shared concerns have played a vital role. This book provides an overview of the history of these relations from the early days of sound cinema to the present day. The chapters, written by leading experts in the history of French, British and European cinema, provide insights into relations between French and British cinematic cultures at the level of production, exhibition and distribution, reception, representation and personnel. The book features a diverse range of studies, including: the exhibition of French cinema in Britain in the 1930s, contemporary 'extreme' French cinema, stars such as Annabella, David Niven and Jane Birkin and the French Resistance on British screens.


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FrancoBritish Cinematic RelationsAn Overview
PART IIndustry and Institution
The Exhibition Distribution andReception of French Films in GreatBritain during the 1930s
The Cinematization of SoundCinema in Britain and the Dubbinginto French of Hitchcocks Waltzesfrom Vienna 1934
Une Entente Cordiale? A BriefHistory of the AngloFrench FilmCoproduction Agreement 19651979
Channelcrossing Festivals The Casesof the French Film Festival UK andDinards Festival du Film Britannique
The Language of Love? How theFrench Sold Lady Chatterleys LoverBack to British Audiences
Reception and Perceptions
Incredibly French? Nation as anInterpretative Context for ExtremeCinema
British Audiences and 1990s FrenchNew Realism La Vie Rêvée des Angesas Cinematic Slum Tourism
Personnel and Performance
The Meaning of That FrenchWord Chic AnnabellasFrancoBritish Stardom
Those Frenchies Seek HimEverywhere David Niven inFrancoBritish Cinematic Relations
Truffaut in London
Jane Birkin From English Roseto French Icon
The French Resistance ThroughBritish Eyes From Allo Allo toCharlotte Gray

Disciplining the Nouvelle VagueCensoring A Bout de Souffle andOther Early French New Wave Films19561962
The Reception of the Nouvelle Vaguein Britain
New Waves New Publics?The Nouvelle Vague French Starsand British Cinema
Mirror Image French Reflections ofBritish Cinema
In the Ghetto Space Race andMarginalization in French and BritishUrban Films La Haine and Bullet Boy
Notes on Contributors

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About the author (2010)

Lucy Mazdon is a Reader in Film Studies at the University of Southampton. She has written widely on French cinema and television and her publications include Encore Hollywood: Remaking French Cinema (BFI, 2000), France on Film: Reflections on Popular French Cinema (Wallflower, 2001) and The Contemporary Television Series (EUP, 2005).

Catherine Wheatley is a Research Assistant at the University of Southampton where she is working on Lucy Mazdon's AHRC funded project on French cinema in Britain. She is the author of Michael Haneke's Cinema: The Ethic of the Image (Berghahn Books, 2009) and is a regular contributor to Sight and Sound.

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