French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present

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A&C Black, Mar 31, 2004 - Social Science - 496 pages
To a large extent, the story of French filmmaking is the story of moviemaking. From the earliest flickering images of the late nineteenth century through the silent era, Surrealist influence, the Nazi Occupation, the glories of the New Wave, and the present, Rémi Lanzoni examines a considerable number of the world's most beloved films.

In French Cinema, he focuses his lens on outstanding examples from each era to give the cineaste in each of us new insight into our own favorites. Directors such as Robert Bresson, Marcel Carné, Claude Chabrol, René Clair, Jean Cocteau, Abel Gance, Louis Malle, Jean Renoir, Eric Rohmer, Jacques Tati, and François Truffaut are covered in depth, as are stars such as Arletty, Brigitte Bardot, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Maurice Chevalier, Catherine Deneuve, Max Linder, Jean Marais, Yves Montand, Jeanne Moreau, and Simone Signoret.

French Cinema is enhanced by over 100 film stills as well as rare, archival photographs of the personalities who created and informed this superb national tradition.
 

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Lanzoni (Romance languages, Elon Univ.) offers an academic and chronological survey of French filmmaking from 1895 to 2002. He is particularly interested in how 20th-century events have affected ... Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
17
FRENCH CINEMA OF
18
THE INVENTION OF MOTION
23
THE GOLDEN AGE OF FRENCH
53
THE POSTWAR ERA
143
Jean Cocteau
154
Philippe Leroy Manu Borelli and Jean Keraudy Roland
191
THE YEARS OF THE FRENCH
195
Yves Montand the deputy in CostaGavrass Z 1969
255
6o Jean Gabin Vittorio Malanese Alain Delon Roger
268
Raoul in Bertrand Bliers Get Out Your Handkerchiefs
289
THE CINEMA OF THE 1980s
298
JeanJacques Beineix
338
THE LAST DECADE AND BEYOND
349
ABBREVIATIONS
419
NOTES
434

5o Stéphane Audran Frédérique and Jacqueline Sassard
219
JeanPaul Belmondo Michel and Jean Seberg Patricia
233
FRENCH CINEMA OF THE 1970s
245

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Rémi Fournier Lanzoni, author of French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present, also published by Continuum International, teaches Italian at Wake Forest University, North Carolina.

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