Framing the Nation: Documentary Film in Interwar France by Alison J. Murray LevineFraming the Nation: Documentary Film in Interwar France by Alison J. Murray Levine

Framing the Nation: Documentary Film in Interwar France

byAlison J. Murray Levine

Paperback | January 5, 2012

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Framing the Nation: Documentary Film in Interwar France argues that, between World Wars I and II, documentary film made a substantial contribution to the rewriting of the French national narrative to include rural France and the colonies. The book mines a significant body of virtually unknown films and manuscripts for their insight into revisions of French national identity in the aftermath of the Great War. From 1918 onwards, government institutions sought to advance social programs they believed were crucial to national regeneration. They turned to documentary film, a new form of mass communication, to do so.

Many scholars of French film state that the French made no significant contribution to documentary film prior to the Vichy period. Using until now overlooked films, Framing the Nation refutes this misconception and shows that the French were early and active believers in the uses of documentary film for social change - and these films reached audiences far beyond the confines of commercial cinema circuits in urban areas.

Alison J. Murray Levine is Assistant Professor of French at the University of Virginia.
Title:Framing the Nation: Documentary Film in Interwar FranceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:238 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:January 5, 2012Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:144113963X

ISBN - 13:9781441139634

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Table of Contents

1. An Introduction
2. Truth Peddling: Documentary Film in Interwar France
3. "The Revolt of the Beets": Educational Film in Rural France
4. "Model Native Villages:" Educational Film in the French Colonies
5. "Mysterious and Subtle Cheesemaking": Filming Rural France
6. "Carcasses of Manioc-Eaters": Filming Colonial France
7. Conclusion: Recycling Rural Images - The Vichy Propaganda Machine

Editorial Reviews

"In her thoughtful and well-researched new study Framing the Nation, Alison Murray Levine argues convincingly that the French government used documentary film to help craft national identity in response to domestic and international crises during the interwar period.¿ In doing so, the author demonstrates that state-sponsored French documentary cinema from the 1920s and 1930s serves as a repository for prevailing official discourses around modernization, urbanization, and colonialism.¿ The author examines those discourses -- and the policy decisions to which they led -- in light of the international growth of documentary film as a flourishing new medium.¿ Indeed, Murray Levine does a great service by situating the French contribution to documentary cinema in its proper place in the history of the medium." Andrew Sobanet, Associate Professor of French, Georgetown University¿