France on Film: Reflections on Popular French Cinema

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Lucy Mazdon, Maria Esposito
Wallflower Press, 2001 - Performing Arts - 180 pages

Through an analysis of films as diverse as Jean de Florette, Ma Vie en rose, and Nikita, this collection of new essays is a comprehensive introduction to the concerns and styles that characterize contemporary popular French film. Set within an economic, political, and social context, France on Film reconsiders the direction French cinema is taking today, bringing into focus critical questions concerning wide-ranging notions of French culture, identity, and nationhood. Examining questions of popular cinema as opposed to art cinema, this book also seeks to (re)present films that have been widely popular in France and internationally and to thus challenge the traditional art-house view of contemporary French cinema. It also includes a comprehensive filmography and statistics detailing the current state of the French film industry.

 

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Contents

patrimoine the rural idyll and the 1980s
11
Niklta as social fantasy
27
a feelgood movie for uncertain times
41
Fluidity of gender and sexuality in Gazon maudit
65
The representation of childhood in Sandrine Veyssets Y auratil
81
Space place and community in Chacun cherche son chat
95
Gender trouble in Ma Vie en rose
119
nostalgia and utopia
133
Director Biographies
159
Index
177
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Lucy Mazdon is lecturer in the school of modern languages, University of Southampton, UK. She has taught widely on film and television studies and is the author of Encore Hollywood.

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