France In Focus: Film and National Identity by Elizabeth EzraFrance In Focus: Film and National Identity by Elizabeth Ezra

France In Focus: Film and National Identity

EditorElizabeth Ezra, Sue Harris

Hardcover | December 1, 2000

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This volume brings together the work of leading film scholars from the UK, France and the US who assess a dominant art form's engagement with expressions of national identity at key moments in French cinematic history, from its origins at the end of the nineteenth century, through the inter-war period, the Occupation, the post-Liberation era, and the New Wave, up to the current state of the industry. The essays go against the grain in their attempts to construct an alternative history of French cinema, whether by bringing to light overlooked films or by examining well-known, indeed even 'over-exposed' films or filmmakers in a new light. In re-evaluating the work of Georges M¿li¿s, Jacques Becker, Jean Renoir, Diane Kurys, Fran¿ois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Jacques Beineix, the contributors to this volume focus on the paradoxical centrality of the marginal in constructions of national identity. In doing so, they reveal the structure of 'l'exception fran¿aise', in which French culture makes an exception for itself by suppressing alterity within it. This multi-faceted assessment of French visual culture and identity will be of interest to students and scholars in French studies, media and film studies, cultural studies and French history.
Elizabeth Ezra Lecturer in French at the University of Stirling Sue Harris Lecturer in French at Queen Mary and Westfield College,University of London
Title:France In Focus: Film and National IdentityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:December 1, 2000Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1859733638

ISBN - 13:9781859733639

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This provocative volume of short, well-written pieces and its bibliography should encourage further research into the complex intertwinings between French national identity and its national cinematic art.