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Stars and Stardom in French Cinema - Ginette Vincendeau

Stars and Stardom in French Cinema

Paperback Published: 1st November 2000
ISBN: 9780826447319
Number Of Pages: 275

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French cinema is second only to Hollywood in the number of its movie stars who have emerged to achieve international fame. France is, in fact, arguably the only country other than the United States to have an international "star system." Yet these glamorous and charismatic stars differ from their U.S. counterparts in that they maintain more freedom to control their own images and often straddle both mainstream and auteur cinema.Ginette Vincendeau, a leading authority on French cinema, analyzes the phenomenon of French film stardom and provides brilliant in-depth studies of the major popular stars of the French cinema: Max Linder, Jean Gabin, Brigitte Bardot, Jeanne Moreau, Louis de FunFs, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon, Catherine Deneuve, GTrard Depardieu, and Juliette Binoche. This volume analyzes these stars' images and performance styles in the context of the French film industry, but also in relation to national culture and society. In the country where Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve have modeled for Marianne (the effigy of the Republic) and left-wing politicians have held up Jean Gabin as a role model, Vincendeau examines the unusual relationship between French film stars and national identity.Ginette Vincendeau is professor of film studies at the University of Warwick. She is the author and editor of a number of books on cinema.

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"This is a book that will add exciting new dimensions to teaching of and research into French cinema."
- Modern and Contemporary France

The French Star Systemp. 1
Max Linder: the world's first film starp. 42
Jean Gabin: from working-class hero to godfatherp. 59
Brigitte Bardot: the old and the new: what Bardot meant to 1950s Francep. 82
Jeanne Moreau and the Actresses of the New Wave: New Wave, new starsp. 110
Louis de Funes: le gendarme et les cinephilesp. 136
Jean-Paul Belmondo and Alain Delon: one smiles, the other doesn'tp. 158
Catherine Deneuve: from ice maiden to living divinityp. 196
Gerard Depardieu: the axiom of contemporary French cinemap. 215
Juliette Binoche: the face of neo-romanticismp. 241
Bibliographyp. 253
Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9780826447319
ISBN-10: 0826447317
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 275
Published: 1st November 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.41

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