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Gender and French Cinema - Alexandra Hughes

Gender and French Cinema

By: Alexandra Hughes (Editor), James S. Williams (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st December 2001
ISBN: 9781859735701
Number Of Pages: 256

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This book opens up the history of twentieth-century French cinema from the silent era to the present day by exploring the key role of gender and sexual politics. A much-needed sequel to Berg's bestselling Gender and German Cinema, the volume tackles such questions as:

- What role did the female voice play when sound cinema was first developed?

- How have film genres and movements been shaped by gender and sexual politics?

- How does gender intersect with factors of race, class, ethnic and national identity?

The contributors also throw into relief broad issues such as the evolution of film in the context of 20C French social, political and cultural history.

Bringing together original essays by French, British and American scholars, the collection fully covers the development of French cinema. It addresses the work of individual auteurs, the French star system, and film genres and movements such as Dada and Surrealism, the New Wave and the New New Wave. It also focuses on film narratives in which issues of gender are particularly pertinent. The volume, which features illustrations, a filmography and bibliography, will be one of the standard handbooks in French cultural/film studies for some time to come.

Notes on Contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Bodies Cut and Dissolved: Dada and Surrealist Filmp. 19
Diva in the Spotlight: Music Hall to Cinemap. 35
'Mon cul est intersexuel?': Arletty's Performance of Genderp. 63
For Our Eyes Only: Body and Sexuality in Reverse Motion in the Films of Jean Cocteaup. 77
Setting the Agenders: Simone Signoret - The Pre-Feminist Star Bodyp. 107
Gender, Modernism and Mass Culture in the New Wavep. 125
'Autistic Masculinity' in Jean-Pierre Melville's Crime Thrillersp. 139
Gender in the French Fantasy Film 1965-95p. 157
Going Through the Motions: Unconscious Optics and Corporal Resistance in Mieville and Godard's France/tour/detour/deux/enfantsp. 171
The God, the King, the Fool and OO: Anamorphosing the Films of Beineixp. 195
AIDS-Video: Representing the Body in Guibert's La Pudeur ou l'impudeurp. 209
Gender and Sexuality in New New Wave Cinemap. 227
Running Out of Place: Gender, Space and Crisis in Ferreira Barbosa's Les Gens normaux n'ont rien d'exceptionnel and Lvovsky's Oublie-moip. 241
Identification and Female Friendship in Contemporary French Filmp. 255
Filmographyp. 269
Selected Bibliographyp. 271
Indexp. 287
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ISBN: 9781859735701
ISBN-10: 1859735703
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st December 2001
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.59