This revised and updated version of a successful and established text, French National Cinema offers a thorough and much-needed historical overview of French cinema at a time when it continues to grow in popularity with films such as Amelie and Belleville Rendez-vous.
Brought wholly up to date to include political and social developments in French cinema in the 1990s, its fresh approach and groundbreaking new writing on the subject offers a much further understanding of French cinema and its relationship with the French national identity.
New subjects covered include:
Ideal for all students of cinema, film studies and film history, this book traces the eco-history of the French film and its key figures and movements, and it places them in their wider political and cultural context.
'This factual and analytical book offer[s] the reader an encompassing and informative introduction to a "global picture" of French cinema.' - Scope
'This is an ambitious and useful text … this is a worthy and in many ways a very helpful edition of a text that has played an important role in encouraging new ways of thinking about French film history.' – Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
Introduction: Defining the 'National' of a Country's Cinematographic Production 1. A Brief Ecohistory of France's Cinema Industry 1895-2003 2. Magical Moments of Musical Silence: French Cinema's Classical Age 1895-1929 3. From Clarity to Obscurity: French Cinema's Age of Modernism 1930-1958 4. From Ideology to Narcissism: French Cinema's Age of the Postmodern 1958-1991 5. Towards a Multiplicity of Voices: French Cinema's Age of the Postmodern, Part Two 1992-2004