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French Cinema: A Very Short Introduction

Dudley Andrew

July 2022

ISBN: 9780198718611

144 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

It is often claimed that the French invented cinema, and although their prominence may have been supplanted by Hollywood today, the French film industry remains both prolific and highly lauded. Exploring the entire French cinematic oeuvre, Andrew teases out the distinguishing themes, to bring the defining features of French cinema to light.

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It is often claimed that the French invented cinema, and although their prominence may have been supplanted by Hollywood today, the French film industry remains both prolific and highly lauded. Exploring the entire French cinematic oeuvre, Andrew teases out the distinguishing themes, to bring the defining features of French cinema to light.

  • Explores films from all periods of French cinema through a thematic approach, identifying linking motifs and the lineage of cinematic style
  • Clarifies French cinema's relation to Hollywood and other cinemas
  • Considers the impact of major eras in France's recent history on French cinema
  • Analyses French film's relationship with contemporary art, literature, music, and drama
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - ove rnine million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Dudley Andrew, Professor of Film and Comparative Literature, Yale University

Dudley Andrew is Professor of Film and Comparative Literature at Yale University. Biographer of André Bazin, he extends Bazin's thought in both What Cinema Is! (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), and in the edited volume Opening Bazin (OUP, 2012). Working in aesthetics, hermeneutics, and cultural history, he published Film in the Aura of Art (Princeton University Press, 1984), before turning to French film with Mists of Regret (Princeton University Press, 1995) and Popular Front Paris (Harvard University Press, 2005). For these publications, he was named Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:The 'makeup' of French film and its demaquillage: Jeanne Moreau
    2:The insurgency of the authentic and the regime of strong fathers : Jean Gabin
    3:Renoir and Bresson: two incomparable sources
    4:An intellectual cinema looks back to tradition and forward to the end of history
    5:The school of the New Wave and the lessons it has taught
    Further reading
    Index