Studying French Cinema by Isabelle Vanderschelden

By Isabelle Vanderschelden

Taking a text-led strategy, with the emphasis on more moderen renowned movies, learning French Cinema is directed at non-specialists resembling scholars of French, movie reports, and the overall reader with an curiosity in post-war French cinema. starting with an creation that itself serves as a primer at the heritage of French cinema, all the succeeding ten chapters makes a speciality of a number of key movies, from the ground-breaking motion pictures of the Nouvelle obscure (Les four hundred coups) to modern documentary (Être et avoir), and places them into their proper contexts. reckoning on the person movie, those comprise explorations of youth, formative years and coming of age (Les four hundred coups, L Argent de poche); auteur ideology and person variety (for instance, the flicks of Jean-Luc Godard and Agnès Varda); the illustration of contemporary French historical past (Lacombe Lucien and Au revoir les enfants); transnational construction practices (Le Pacte des loups/Brotherhood of the Wolf); and well known cinema, comedy and gender concerns (e.g. Le Dîner de cons/The Dinner Game). each one movie is embedded in its cultural and political context. jointly, the old discussions offer an outline of post-war French background to the current, making learning French Cinema a useful creation to at least one of the richest of all nationwide cinemas.

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