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French National Cinema

By Susan Hayward

Routledge – 1993 – 360 pages

Series: National Cinemas

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  • Paperback:
    978-0-415-05729-5
    July 22nd 1993
    Out-of-print
  • Hardback:
    978-0-415-05728-8
    July 22nd 1993
    Out-of-print

Description

This examination of France's national cinema takes its primary artefact, the feature film and discusses both popular cinema and the `avant garde' cinema that contests it.

Susan Hayward argues that writing on French national cinema has tended to focus on either `great' film-makers or on specific movements, addressing moments of exception rather than the global picture. Her work offers a thorough and much-needed historical textualisation of those moments and relocates them 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. Her analysis includes, amongst other considerations, the social and political concerns these cinemas reflect.

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

Contents

Preface Introduction: Defining the "national" of a country's cinematic production 1. A brief ecohistory of France's cinema industry 2. Magical moments of musical silence: French cinema's classical age 3. From clarity to obscurity: French cinema's age of modernism 4. From ideology to narcissism Conclusion Bibliography

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Description: By Susan Hayward. This examination of France's national cinema takes its primary artefact, the feature film and discusses both popular cinema and the `avant garde' cinema that contests it.Susan Hayward argues that writing on French national cinema has...
Categories: Film Studies, Cinema Studies & Popular Cinema