Directory of World Cinema: France

Edited by Tim Palmer and Charlie Michael

Edited by Tim Palmer and Charlie Michael

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

327 pages | 50 color plates | 7 x 10 | © 2013
Paper $23.00 ISBN: 9781841505633 Published April 2013

 

 

Artistic, intellectual, and appreciably avant-garde, the French film industry has, perhaps more than any other national cinema, been perennially at the center of international filmmaking. With its vigorous business and wide-ranging film culture, France has also been home historically to some of the most influential filmmakers and movements – and, indeed, the very first motion picture was screened in Paris in 1895.

This volume addresses the great directors and key artistic movements, but also ventures beyond these well-established films and figures, broadening the canon through an examination of many neglected but intriguing French films. Framing essays explore the salient stylistic elements, cultural contexts, and the various conceptions of cinema in France, from avant-gardes to filmmaking by women, from documentary and realism to the Tradition of Quality, as well as genres like comedy, crime film, and horror. Illustrated by screen shots, film reviews by leading international experts offer original approaches to both overlooked titles and acknowledged classics. Readers wishing to explore particular topics in greater depth will be grateful for the book’s reading recommendations and comprehensive filmography.

A visually engaging journey through one of the most dynamic, variegated, and idiosyncratic film industries, Directory of World Cinema: France is a must-have for Francophiles and cinema savants.

Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Film of the Year: Tomboy
Directors
    Un style dépouillé: Robert Bresson
    Julien Duvivier
Star Study: Albert Dupontel
Industrial Spotlight: An interview with François Truffart, Director of the City of Lights, City of Angels French Film Festival

Documentary and Realism
Women Film-makers in France
Avant-garde
Cinema(s) of Quality
The New Wave and After
Policier
Comedy
Horror

Recommended Reading
French Cinema Online
Test Your Knowledge
Notes on Contributors
Filmography
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