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French Cinema: A Very Short Introduction [#742]
French Cinema: A Very Short Introduction [#742]
  • Explores films from all periods of French cinema through a thematic approach, identifying linking motifs and the lineage of cinematic style
  • Clarifies French cinema's relation to Hollywood and other cinemas
  • Considers the impact of major eras in France's recent history on French cinema
  • Analyses French film's relationship with contemporary art, literature, music, and drama

It is often claimed that the French invented cinema. Dominating the production and distribution of cinema until World War 1, when they were supplanted by Hollywood, the French cinema industry encompassed all genres, from popular entertainment to avant-garde practice. The French invented the "auteur" and the "ciné-club"; they incubated criticism from the 1920s to our own day that is unrivalled; and they boast more film journals, fan magazines, TV shows, and festivals devoted to film than anywhere else.
This Very Short Introduction opens up French cinema through focusing on some of its most notable works, using the lens of the New Wave decade (1958-1968) that changed cinema worldwide. Exploring the entire French cinematic oeuvre, Dudley Andrew teases out distinguishing themes, tendencies, and lineages, to bring what is most crucial about French Cinema into alignment. He discusses how style has shaped the look of female stars and film form alike, analysing the "made up" aesthetic of many films, and the paradoxical penchant for French cinema to cruelly unmask surface beauty in quests for authenticity. Discussing how French cinema as a whole pits strong-willed characters against auteurs with high-minded ideas of film art, funded by French cinema's close rapport to literature, painting, and music, Dudley considers how the New Wave emerged from these struggles, becoming an emblem of ambition for cinema that persists today. He goes on to show how the values promulgated by the New Wave directors brought the three decades that preceded it into focus, and explores the deep resonance of those values today, fifty years later.



1:The 'makeup' of French film and its demaquillage: Jeanne Moreau
2:The insurgency of the authentic and the regime of strong fathers : Jean Gabin
3:Renoir and Bresson: two incomparable sources
4:An intellectual cinema looks back to tradition and forward to the end of history
5:The school of the New Wave and the lessons it has taught
Further reading

About the author: 

Dudley Andrew, Professor of Film and Comparative Literature, Yale University
Dudley Andrew is Professor of Film and Comparative Literature at Yale University. Biographer of André Bazin, he extends Bazin's thought in both What Cinema Is! (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), and in the edited volume Opening Bazin (OUP, 2012). Working in aesthetics, hermeneutics, and cultural history, he published Film in the Aura of Art (Princeton University Press, 1984), before turning to French film with Mists of Regret (Princeton University Press, 1995) and Popular Front Paris (Harvard University Press, 2005). For these publications, he was named Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.

Product details

ISBN : 9780198718611

Dudley Andrew
192 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Oct 2023
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French Cinema: A Very Short Introduction [#742]

French Cinema: A Very Short Introduction [#742]

French Cinema: A Very Short Introduction [#742]