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Macmillan Higher Education

The French Cinema Book (2nd Edition)

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This multi-authored survey offers an innovative and accessible account of the richness and diversity of French film history from the 1890s to the 2010s. In this fascinating volume, Michael Temple and Michael Witt propose new...

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This multi-authored survey offers an innovative and accessible account of the richness and diversity of French film history from the 1890s to the 2010s. In this fascinating volume, Michael Temple and Michael Witt propose new insights into familiar areas and set out a fresh agenda for the study and appreciation of French cinema. Structured according to seven key themes – people, business, technology, forms, representations, spectators and debates – this key text poses important questions and interesting challenges for students and teachers, and suggests prospective lines of enquiry for researchers.

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  • Provides a clear narrative account of the major historical developments in French cinema
  • Examines a wide variety of film-making types, from the experimental and political traditions to art cinema, popular cinema and documentary
  • Showcases French scholarship in the field of cinema studies
  • Offers an innovative multi-perspectival account of French cinema not just in terms of films and film directors, but also other important filmmaking personnel (actors, producers, cinematographers, etc.), as well as industry, technology, representations, audiences, and film theory
  • Combines historical context and background information with detailed discussion of case studies, analysis of films, recommendations for further reading and online resources

Acknowledgments
Notes on Contributors
Introduction

PART ONE: 1890-1920
1. PEOPLE: The Men and Women Who Made French Cinema by Richard Abel
2. BUSINESS: The Birth of the Industry by Laurent Le Forestier
3. TECHNOLOGY: Innovation, Standardisation and Commercialisation in Early Film Technology by Laurent Mannoni
4. FORMS: The Shifting Boundaries of Art and Industry by Ian Christie
5. REPRESENTATIONS: Our Little Planet by Teresa Castro
6. SPECTATORS: The Cinemising Process: Film-Going in the Silent Era by Elizabeth Ezra
7. DEBATES: Early Developments in Film-Thinking by Monica Dall’Asta

PART TWO: 1920-50
8. PEOPLE: Migration and Exile in the Classical Period by Alastair Phillips.- 9. BUSINESS: Anarchy and Order in the French Film Industry by Colin Crisp.- 10. TECHNOLOGY: Plant, Imported Technologies and Film Style by Charles O’Brien
11. FORMS: The Place and Desire of Avant-Garde and Experimental Forms by Jennifer Wild
12. FORMS: The Art of Spectacle: The Aesthetics of Classical French Cinema by Ginette Vincendeau.- 13. REPRESENTATIONS: The Geography and Topography of French Cinema by Keith Reader.- 14. REPRESENTATIONS: Gender Representations in French Fiction Films by Noël Burch and Geneviève Sellier
15. REPRESENTATIONS: Region, Colony, and Nation in French Documentary Films by Alison J. Murray Levine
16. SPECTATORS: In the Dark: Looking for the French Film Public by Michael Temple and Muriel Tinel-Temple
17. DEBATES: Trends and Developments in Film Criticism and Theory from the 1920s to the 1940s by Monica Dall’Asta

PART THREE: 1950-80
18. PEOPLE: Film-Making as a Collaborative Activity: The Contribution of Cinematographers, Screenwriters and Actors by Alison Smith
19. BUSINESS: The End of a Golden Era for the Industry by Laurent Creton and Anne Jäckel
20. TECHNOLOGY: Technological Innovation and Change from the Mainstream to the Margins by Michael Witt
21. FORMS: The Diversity of Film-Making Forms and Practices during the Thirty Glorious Years by Michael Temple and Michael Witt
22. FORMS: Forms of Resistance and Revolt: ‘We Are in Agreement with All that has Struggled, and is Struggling still, since the World Began’ by Nicole Brenez
23. REPRESENTATIONS: A Camera of One’s Own: Video in Feminist Hands by Hélène Fleckinger
24. REPRESENTATIONS: Material Turns: French Cinema and the Construction of Everyday Life by Sam Di Iorio
25. REPRESENTATIONS: A Greater France? French Cinema from the Colonial to the Postcolonial Period by Sébastien Denis
26. SPECTATORS: Going Back Home by Franck Le Gac
27. DEBATES: Bazin and His Legacies by Daniel Morgan

Part Four: 1980-PRESENT
28. PEOPLE: The Human Factor: Producers, Directors, Actors by Jean-Michel Frodon
29. BUSINESS: A Business Model under Threat? by Laurent Creton and Anne Jäckel
30. TECHNOLOGY: ‘Delay the Start to Hasten the Finish’: French Exhibitors and the Digital Revolution by Kira Kitsopanidou
31. FORMS: The Documentary Renaissanceby Michael Witt
32. FORMS: From Cinema to Film Arts by Nicole Brenez
33. REPRESENTATIONS: Fiction, Documentary and the Political by Martin O’Shaughnessy
34. REPRESENTATIONS: Representations of Ethnic Minorities in French Cinema since 1980 by Will Higbee
35. REPRESENTATIONS: From Gay Visibility to Queer In/Visibilities by James S. Williams
36. SPECTATORS: The Spectator as Expert – French Cinephilia Today by Laurent Jullier and Jean-Marc Leveratto
37. DEBATES: Philosophy and Film: Re-Framing the Cinematic Century by Hunter Vaughan

Further Reading
Selected Online Resources
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...

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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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