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Popular European Cinema - Richard Dyer

Popular European Cinema

By: Richard Dyer (Editor), Ginette Vincendeau (Editor)

Paperback Published: 10th December 1992
ISBN: 9780415068031
Number Of Pages: 280

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While popular European cinema is strongly linked with the dominant American version of popular film, it cannot be read simply as Hollywood in foreign dress. The styles, stars, and genres of popular European cinema--Swedish melodrama, Italian horror movies, French musicals--all have their own conventions, superficially similar to Hollywood and yet certainly distinct from it.
There has been surprisingly little scholarship done on popular European cinema as both art and social document. "Popular European Cinema" seeks to fill this gap while illuminating two compelling contemporary issues: the nature of the popular, and the new Europe.
"Popular European Cinema" examines the reasons why films that are most popular with audiences in any one European country are seldom successful elsewhere. Audiences themselves represent diverse class, gender, and ethnic identities that complicate the question of national cinema, not least with recent developments in formerly communist Eastern Europe and post-colonialist Western Europe. Through their individual studies, the contributors open up a new area of study, using the medium of film to focus a wider discussion of popular European culture.

List of plates
Notes on contributors
Introductionp. 1
Family diversions: French popular cinema and the music hallp. 15
La ley del deseo: a gay seductionp. 31
Immigrant Cinema: national cinema - the case of beur filmp. 47
Images of 'Provence': ethnotypes and stereotypes of the south in French cinemap. 58
Author, actor, showman: Reinhold Schunzel and Hallo Caesar!p. 72
'We were born to turn a fairy-tale into reality': Svetlyi put and the Soviet musical of the 1930s and 1940sp. 87
Studying popular taste: British historical films in the 1930sp. 101
Was the cinema fairground entertainment? The birth and role of Popular cinema in the Polish territories up to 1908p. 112
The Finn-between: Uuno Turhapuro, Finland's greatest starp. 126
The inexportable: the case of French cinema and radio in the 1950sp. 141
The other face of death: Barbara Steele and La maschera del demoniop. 149
Popular taste: the peplump. 163
National romanticism and Norwegian silent cinemap. 181
The Atlantic dividep. 194
Early German cinema - melodrama: social dramap. 206
'Film stars do not shine in the sky over Poland': the absence of popular cinema in Polandp. 220
Valborgsmassoafton: melodrama and gender politics in Swedish cinemap. 232
A forkful of westerns: industry audiences and the Italian westernp. 245
Indexp. 263
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415068031
ISBN-10: 0415068037
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 10th December 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.7  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1