+612 9045 4394
French National Cinema : National Cinemas - Susan Hayward

French National Cinema

National Cinemas

Paperback Published: 15th June 2005
ISBN: 9780415307833
Number Of Pages: 408

Share This Book:


Ships in 5 to 9 business days

Susan Hayward argues that writing on French cinema has tended to focus on either "great" film-makers or on non-specific movements, addressing moments of exception rather than the global picture. Her work offers a thorough and much-needed historical textualization of those moments and relocates them in their wider political and cultural context. Beginning with an "ecohistory" of the French film industry, she then traces the various movements in French cinema and the directors associated with them, including the avant-garde, poetic-realist, New Wave and today's postmodern cinema.
This new edition has been revised and updated to reflect developments in French cinema in the 1990s and beyond, including the GATT negotiations of 1993, French cinema's increasing dependence on investment from television, the rise of the multiplex, and the implications of the introduction of digital technology.
"French National Cinema" breaks new ground in the writing on French cinema, and its fresh approach will further our understanding of how France's cinema interfaces with France's concept of itself as a nation.

Industry Reviews

'This factual and analytical book offer[s] the reader an encompassing and informative introduction to a "global picture" of French cinema.' - Scope

'This is an ambitious and useful text ... this is a worthy and in many ways a very helpful edition of a text that has played an important role in encouraging new ways of thinking about French film history.' - Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television

Introduction : defining the 'national' of a country's cinematographic productionp. 1
A brief ecohistory of France's cinema industry 1895-2004p. 17
Magical moments of musical silence : French cinema's classical age 1895-1929p. 76
From clarity to obscurity : French cinema's age of modernism 1930-58p. 123
From ideology to narcissism : French cinema's age of the postmodern, part I - 1958-91p. 203
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415307833
ISBN-10: 041530783X
Series: National Cinemas
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 15th June 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 15.6  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition