The Cinema of France

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Wallflower Press, 2006 - Performing Arts - 283 pages
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An in-depth look at some of the best and most influential French films of all time, The Cinema of France contains 24 essays, each on an individual film. The book features works from the silent period and poetic realism, through the stylistic developments of the New Wave, and up to more contemporary challenging films, from directors such as Abel Gance, Jean Renoir, Marcel Carné, François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, Agnès Varda and Luc Besson. Set in chronological order, The Cinema of France provides an illuminating history of this essential national cinema and includes in-depth studies of films such as Un Chien Andalou (1929), Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (1953), Le Samouraï (1967), Shoah (1985), Jean de Florette (1986), Les Visiteurs (1993) and La Haine (1995).

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION Phil Powrie
1
NAPOLEON Maureen Turim
18
UN CHIEN ANDALOU AN ANDALUSIAN DOG Ramona Fotiade
21
LE CRIME DE MONSIEUR LANGE THE CRIME OF MONSIEUR LANGE Alan Williams
31
LA REGLE DU JEU THE RULES OF THE GAME Martin OShaughnessy
41
LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS CHILDREN OF PARADISE Ben McCann
51
LES VACANCES DE MONSIEUR HULOT MONSIEUR HULOTS HOLIDAY JeanLouis Pautrot
61
DU RIFIFI CHEZ LES HOMMES RIFIFI Graeme Hayes
71
DIVA Will Higbee
153
SHOAH Kathryn Robson
165
TROIS HOMMES ET UN COUFFIN THREE MEN AND A CRADLE Brigitte E Humbert
175
JEAN DE FLORETTE Russell Cousins
185
NIKITA Phil Powrie
197
LES AMANTS DU PONTNEUF THE LOVERS OF PONTNEUF Wendy Everett
207
LES VISITEURS THE VISITORS Isabelle Vanderschelden
217
LA REINE MARGOT QUEEN MARGOT Alison Smith
227

LES 400 COUPS THE FOUR HUNDRED BLOWS T Jefferson Kline
81
A BOUT DE SOUFFLE BREATHLESS Douglas Morrey
91
LANNEE DERNIERE A MARIENBAD LAST YEAR IN MARIENBAD Laura Rascaroli
101
CLEO DE 5 A 7 CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 Florence Martin
113
LE SAMOURAI THE GODSON Tim Palmer
123
LA MAMAN ET LA PUTAIN THE MOTHER AND THE WHORE Martine Pierquin
133
LES VALSEUSES GOING PLACES Pierre Sorlin
143
LA MAINE HATE Dayna Oscherwitz
237
YAURATIL DE LA NEIGE A NOEL WILL IT SNOW FOR CHRISTMAS? Martine Beugnet
247
Filmography
255
Bibliography
263
Index
277
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Phil Powrie is Professor of French Cultural Studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He has published widely on French film, including French Cinema in the 1980s: Nostalgia and the Crisis of Masculinity; Contemporary French Cinema: Continuity and Difference; and French Cinema: A Student's Guide.

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