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France in focus : film and nati - Elizabeth Ezra

France in focus

film and nati

Paperback Published: 1st December 2000
ISBN: 9781859733684
Number Of Pages: 252

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This volume brings together the work of leading film scholars from the UK, France and the US who assess a dominant art form's engagement with expressions of national identity at key moments in French cinematic history, from its origins at the end of the nineteenth century, through the inter-war period, the Occupation, the post-Liberation era, and the New Wave, up to the current state of the industry. The essays go against the grain in their attempts to construct an alternative history of French cinema, whether by bringing to light overlooked films or by examining well-known, indeed even 'over-exposed' films or filmmakers in a new light. In re-evaluating the work of Georges MÈliËs, Jacques Becker, Jean Renoir, Diane Kurys, FranAois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Jacques Beineix, the contributors to this volume focus on the paradoxical centrality of the marginal in constructions of national identity. In doing so, they reveal the structure of 'l'exception franAaise', in which French culture makes an exception for itself by suppressing alterity within it.

This multi-faceted assessment of French visual culture and identity will be of interest to students and scholars in French studies, media and film studies, cultural studies and French history.

Industry Reviews

This provocative volume of short, well-written pieces and its bibliography should encourage further research into the complex intertwinings between French national identity and its national cinematic art. Joan West, The French Review/University of Idaho

Prefacep. vii
Notes on Contributorsp. ix
Introduction The French Exceptionp. 1
An Archaeology of French Cinemap. 12
The Reconstruction of French Cinemap. 13
'qu'était-Ce Que le Cinéma, Jean-Luc Godard?' an Analysis of the Cinema(s) at Work in and around Godard's Histoire(s) Du Cinémap. 23
Notesp. 39
Referencesp. 40
Le Chêne et le Roseau: the French Communist Critics and the New Wavep. 43
Notesp. 56
Referencesp. 58
France and Eu Policy-Making on Visual Culture: New Opportunities for National Identity?p. 61
Notesp. 71
Referencesp. 73
French Civilization and Its Discontentsp. 78
Jewish Myths and Stereotypes in the Cinema of Julien Duvivierp. 79
Notesp. 94
Referencesp. 96
National Cinemas and the Body Politicp. 97
Referencesp. 112
Heritage, Nostalgia and the Woman's Film: the Case of Diane Kurysp. 115
Referencesp. 126
Nation, History and Gender in the Films of Jean Renoirp. 127
Notesp. 139
Referencesp. 140
Cinematic Communitiesp. 144
Framing Dreyfus: Méliès and Documentary Realismp. 145
Notesp. 154
Referencesp. 155
The Case of the Undead Emperor: Familial and National Identity in Jacques Becker's Goupi Mains-Rougesp. 157
Referencesp. 166
Truffaut's Imagined Communityp. 169
Referencesp. 179
Beineix's Diva and the French Cultural Unconsciousp. 181
Referencesp. 194
Negotiating Conformity: Tales of Ordinary Evilp. 195
Notesp. 205
Referencesp. 206
Filmographyp. 207
Bibliographyp. 219
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9781859733684
ISBN-10: 1859733689
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 1st December 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.35
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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