Rogues, Romance, And Exoticism In French Cinema Of The 1930s by Colleen Kennedy-karpatRogues, Romance, And Exoticism In French Cinema Of The 1930s by Colleen Kennedy-karpat

Rogues, Romance, And Exoticism In French Cinema Of The 1930s

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Many popular French films of the 1930s captured the world and brought it into neighborhood cinemas for filmgoers who craved adventure. These films often served as visual postcards from the French empire, which enjoyed an unprecedented visibility in domestic popular culture between the world wars. But the public appetite for the exotic also transcended imperial borders. Exoticist films displayed landscapes and different that lay beyond the metropole, many of which were not subject to European rule. This broad conception of the exotic meant that French narrative cinema represented both colonial and non-colonial settings and populations, developing a coherent set of tropes that were shaped, yet not entirely defined, by the politics of imperial rule. Empire alone cannot address the full range of the French exoticist imaginary that was projected onto movie screens in the 30s. Only by venturing beyond imperial boundaries can we fully understand how the French saw non-Westerners and, by extension, how they saw themselves during this tumultuous decade. Rogues, Romance, and Exoticism in French Cinema of the 1930s proposes a critical framework for exoticist cinema that includes and exceeds the limits of empire. From rogue colons to the métisse in love, from the deserts of North Africa to the streets of Shanghai, this book identifies and analyzes recurring figures, common settings, major stars, plot devices, and narrative outcomes that dominated exoticist cinema at its popular peak.
Colleen Kennedy-Karpat received her PhD in French from Rutgers University and currently teaches film studies at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.
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Title:Rogues, Romance, And Exoticism In French Cinema Of The 1930sFormat:PaperbackDimensions:230 pages, 9.01 × 6.01 × 0.67 inPublished:February 24, 2015Publisher:Fairleigh Dickinson University PressLanguage:English

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CONTENTSAcknowledgments Exoticism in 1930s France: The Colonial and Beyond PART ONE: Men Outside the MainstreamChapter 1: Jean Gabin, le cafard, and Western Solidarity La Bandera (1935): Cultural Cohesion and Colonial MercenariesPépé le Moko (1937) and the Multiethnic ExoticLe Messager (1937): Failure to AdaptChapter 2: Assimilation Anxiety and Rogue Colons Men Who Stayed Too LongEl Guelmouna, marchand de sable (1931): Rivalry (and Russians) in Rural AlgeriaAmok (1934): Cultural Readmission at All CostsL'Esclave blanc (1936): Segregationist ParablePART TWO: Romancing the ExoticChapter 3: Tragedy and Triumph for Interracial Love Caïn, aventure des mers exotiques (1930) and Baroud (1932): Lasting Love in the ColoniesLe Simoun (1933) and Yamilé sous les cèdres (1939): Triumph, Tragedy, ResponsibilityWomen's Agency and Exoticist Romance Chapter 4: Métissage and Cultural Repatriation La Dame de Malacca (1937): European Frog, Exotic Prince(Re)claiming French Identity in La Maison du Maltais (1938)L'Esclave blanche (1939): A Westerner in the HaremRedefining Exoticist RomancePART THREE: France Imagines the Far EastChapter 5: Shanghai Fantasies and the Geishas of Joinville Mollenard (1938) and Le Drame de Shanghaï (1938): Exiled in (and from) the EastYoshiwara (1936) and La Bataille (1934): Lovers and Fighters in the Land of the Rising SunChapter 6: Sessue Hayakawa's French Resurrection, 1936-1939 Forfaiture (1937): A Legend Revised, a Legacy RebornPatrouille blanche (1939/1942): Bringing the Other Back Home Macao, l'enfer du jeu (1939/1942): The Exotic FatherExoticism in Transition L'Homme du Niger (1940): Patriotism and Paternalism in Africa Malaria (1943): Imperial StasisDescendants of Interwar Exoticism from Decolonization to the New CenturyAnnotated Filmography Bibliography Index

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