The Cinema of France

Edited by Phil Powrie. Introduction by Michel Marie

Wallflower Press

The Cinema of France

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Pub Date: February 2006

ISBN: 9781904764465

288 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Pub Date: February 2006

ISBN: 9781904764472

288 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $80.00£62.00

The Cinema of France

Edited by Phil Powrie. Introduction by Michel Marie

Wallflower Press

An in-depth look at some of the best and most influential French films of all time, The Cinema of France contains 24 essays, each on an individual film. The book features works from the silent period and poetic realism, through the stylistic developments of the New Wave, and up to more contemporary challenging films, from directors such as Abel Gance, Jean Renoir, Marcel Carné, François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, Agnès Varda and Luc Besson. Set in chronological order, The Cinema of France provides an illuminating history of this essential national cinema and includes in-depth studies of films such as Un Chien Andalou (1929), Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (1953), Le Samouraï (1967), Shoah (1985), Jean de Florette (1986), Les Visiteurs (1993) and La Haine (1995).
Notes on Contributors
Introduction, by Phil Powrie
1. Napoléon, by Maureen Turim
2. Un Chien Andalou / An Andalusian Dog, by Ramona Fotiade
3. Le Crime de Monsieur Lange / The Crime of Monsieur Lange Alan Williams
4. La Règle du Jeu / The Rules of the Game, by Martin O'Shaughnessy
5. Les Enfants du Paradis / Children of Paradise, by Ben McCann
6. Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot / Monsieur Hulot's Holiday, by Jean-Louis Pautrot
7. Du Rififi Chez les Hommes / Rififi, by Graeme Hayes
8. Les 400 Coups / The Four Hundred Blows, by Jeff Kline
9. A Bout de Souffle / Breathless, by Douglas Morrey
10. L'annee Derniere a Marienbad / Last Year in Marienbad Laura Rascaroli
11. Cléo de 5 à 7 / Cleo from 5 to 7 Florence Martin
12. Le Samouraï / The Samurai, by Tim Palmer
13. La Maman et la Putain / The Mother and the whore Martine Pierquin
14. Les Valseuses / Going Places Pierre Sorlin
15. Diva, by Will Higbee
16. Shoah, by Kathryn Robson
17. Trois Hommes et un Couffin / Three Men and a cradle Brigitte Humbert
18. Jean de Florette, by Russell Cousins
19. Nikita, by Phil Powrie
20. Les Amants du Pont-Neuf / The Lovers of Pont-Neuf, by Wendy Everett
21. Les Visiteurs / The Visitors, by Isabelle Vanderschelden
22. La Reine Margot / Queen Margot Alison Smith
23. La Haine / Hate, by Dayna Oscherwitz
24. Y Aura-t-Il de la Neige a Noël / Will It Snow for Christmas?, by Martine Beugnet
Filmography
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About the Author

Phil Powrie is Professor of French Cultural Studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He has published widely on French film, including French Cinema in the 1980s: Nostalgia and the Crisis of Masculinity; Contemporary French Cinema: Continuity and Difference; and French Cinema: A Student's Guide.