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The French Cinema Book (2nd Edition)

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The French Cinema Book offers an innovative and accessible account of the richness and diversity of French film history from the 1890s to the 2010s. This revised, updated and expanded new edition contains contributions from...

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The French Cinema Book offers an innovative and accessible account of the richness and diversity of French film history from the 1890s to the 2010s. This revised, updated and expanded new edition contains contributions from thirty-six leading commentators on French cinema from around the world.

 

Michael Temple and Michael Witt assemble a broad range of approaches to the study and appreciation of French cinema:

·         PEOPLE: Who are the men and women who have made French cinema happen?

·         BUSINESS: What is the industrial culture in which French cinema has evolved?

·         TECHNOLOGY: To what extent have technological factors determined the course of French cinema?

·         FORMS: How can we study the diversity of film forms practiced across French cinema, and how have the formal ‘languages’ of film changed over time?

·         REPRESENTATIONS: What have French films shown us of France, its society, its concerns, and the changing lives of its citizens?

·         SPECTATORS: How has the audience’s experience of film-going changed in France over time?

·         DEBATES: How has cinema been represented and discussed in French culture?

 

Whether you are a student, teacher, specialist or simply a fan of French cinema, this book is essential reading.



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Covers the whole of French history from the 1890s to the present

Looks at a wide variety of types of film-making, from experimental and political traditions to art cinema, popular cinema and documentary
Comprises of contributions from 36 leading international scholars on French cinema

Acknowledgments
Notes on Contributors
Introduction, Michael Temple and Michael Witt
General Further Reading
PART ONE: 1890-1920
1. People: The Men and Women Who Made French Cinema, Richard Abel
2. Business: The Birth of the Industry, Laurent Le Forestier
3. Technology: Innovation, Standardisation and Commercialisation in Early Film Technology, Laurent Mannoni
4. Forms: The Shifting Boundaries of Art and Industry, Ian Christie
5. Representations: Our Little Planet, Teresa Castro
6. Spectators: The Cinemising Process: Film-Going in the Silent Era, Elizabeth Ezra
7. Debates: Early Developments in Film-Thinking, Monica Dall’Asta
Further Reading: 1890-1920
PART TWO: 1920-50
8. People: Migration and Exile in the Classical Period, Alastair Phillips
9. Business: Anarchy and Order in the French Film Industry, Colin Crisp
10. Technology: Plant, Imported Technologies and Film Style, Charles O’Brien
11. Forms: The Place and Desire of Avant-Garde and Experimental Forms, Jennifer Wild
12. Forms: The Art of Spectacle: The Aesthetics of Classical French Cinema, Ginette Vincendeau
13. Representations: The Geography and Topography of French Cinema, Keith Reader
14. Representations: Gender Representations in French Fiction Films, Noël Burch and Geneviève Sellier
15. Representations: Region, Colony, and Nation in French Documentary Films, Alison J. Murray Levine
16. Spectators: In the Dark: Looking for the French Film Public, Michael Temple and Muriel Tinel-Temple
17. Debates: Trends and Developments in Film Criticism and Theory from the 1920s to the 1940s, Monica Dall’Asta
Further Reading: 1920-50
PART THREE: 1950-80
18. People: Film-Making as a Collaborative Activity: The Contribution of Cinematographers, Screenwriters and Actors, Alison Smith
19. Business: The End of a Golden Era for the Industry, Laurent Creton and Anne Jäckel
20. Technology: Technological Innovation and Change from the Mainstream to the Margins, Michael Witt
21. Forms: The Diversity of Film-Making Forms and Practices during the Thirty Glorious Years, Michael Temple and Michael Witt
22. Forms of Resistance and Revolt: ‘We Are in Agreement with All that has Struggled, and is Struggling still, since the World Began’, Nicole Brenez
23. Representations: A Camera of One’s Own: Video in Feminist Hands, Hélène Fleckinger
24. Representations: Material Turns: French Cinema and the Construction of Everyday Life, Sam Di Iorio
25. Representations: A Greater France? French Cinema from the Colonial to the Postcolonial Period, Sébastien Denis
26. Spectators: Going Back Home, Franck Le Gac
27. Debates: Bazin and His Legacies, Daniel Morgan
Further Reading: 1950-80
PART FOUR: 1980-PRESENT
28. People: The Human Factor: Producers, Directors, Actors, Jean-Michel Frodon
29. Business: A Business Model under Threat? Laurent Creton and Anne Jäckel
30. Technology: ‘Delay the Start to Hasten the Finish’: French Exhibitors and the Digital Revolution, Kira Kitsopanidou
31. Forms: The Documentary Renaissance, Michael Witt
32. Forms: From Cinema to Film Arts, Nicole Brenez
33. Representations: Fiction, Documentary and the Political, Martin O’Shaughnessy
34. Representations: Representations of Ethnic Minorities in French Cinema since 1980, Will Higbee
35. Representations: From Gay Visibility to Queer In/Visibilities, James S. Williams
36. Spectators: The Spectator as Expert – French Cinephilia Today, Laurent Jullier and Jean-Marc Leveratto
37. Debates: Philosophy and Film: Re-Framing the Cinematic Century, Hunter Vaughan
Further Reading: 1980-present
Selected Online Resources
Further Reading on Films and Film People
Index.-
 

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Michael Temple is Reader in Film and Media at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and Director of Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and the Essay Film Festival. He is the author of Jean Vigo (2005), and has co-edited several books about Jean-Luc Godard, as well as Decades Never Start on Time: A Richard Roud Anthology (2014).


Michael Witt is Professor of Cinema and Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures at the University of Roehampton, London, UK.  He has published widely on French film history in journals such as Screen, Trafic and New Left Review and co-curated seasons of French experimental cinema, documentary, and the work of Jean-Luc Godard for institutions...

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Michael Temple is Reader in Film and Media at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and Director of Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and the Essay Film Festival. He is the author of Jean Vigo (2005), and has co-edited several books about Jean-Luc Godard, as well as Decades Never Start on Time: A Richard Roud Anthology (2014).


Michael Witt is Professor of Cinema and Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures at the University of Roehampton, London, UK.  He has published widely on French film history in journals such as Screen, Trafic and New Left Review and co-curated seasons of French experimental cinema, documentary, and the work of Jean-Luc Godard for institutions such as Tate Modern and BFI Southbank. He is the co-editor of For Ever Godard (2004) and Jean-Luc Godard: Documents (2006), and the author of Jean-Luc Godard, Cinema Historian (2013).

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