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The French Cinema Book is an accessible and innovative survey of key topics in French cinema from the 1890s to the twenty-first century.

This multi-authored volume proposes new insights into familiar areas and sets out a fresh agenda for the study and appreciation of French cinema:

• Who are the men and women who have made French cinema happen?
• What is the business culture in which French cinema has evolved?
• How has technological change effected artistic and commercial innovation?
• What have been the most popular and the most experimental forms?
• What has French cinema shown us of France, its society, its citizens, its concerns?
• How has the spectator's experience of film-going changed in the last 100 years?
• How have debates about film reflected cinema's unique place in French culture?

The book combines historical context and background information with detailed discussion of case-studies, analysis of films, recommendations for further reading and online resources.

The French Cinema Book is addressed to all lovers of French cinema, students and teachers, specialists and fans.


Description

The French Cinema Book is an accessible and innovative survey of key topics in French cinema from the 1890s to the twenty-first century.

This multi-authored volume proposes new insights into familiar areas and sets out a fresh agenda for the study and appreciation of French cinema:

• Who are the men and women who have made French cinema happen?
• What is the business culture in which French cinema has evolved?
• How has technological change effected artistic and commercial innovation?
• What have been the most popular and the most experimental forms?
• What has French cinema shown us of France, its society, its citizens, its concerns?
• How has the spectator's experience of film-going changed in the last 100 years?
• How have debates about film reflected cinema's unique place in French culture?

The book combines historical context and background information with detailed discussion of case-studies, analysis of films, recommendations for further reading and online resources.

The French Cinema Book is addressed to all lovers of French cinema, students and teachers, specialists and fans.


Reviews

'French cinema has...been the subject of numerous academic studies over the years, but I doubt if any offer quite such an accessible and arresting introduction as The French Cinema Book. Its editors, Michael Temple and Michael Witt, state that the 25 contributors pledged to avoid the academic jargon and footnotes, and the approach has produced wonderful results.' - Christopher Wood, Times Higher Education


Authors

Michael Temple teaches French at Birkbeck College, London. He is the author of The Name of the Poet (1995), editor of Meetings with Mallarmé (1998), and co-editor of The Cinema Alone: Jean-Luc Godard 1985-2000 (2000), and is currently writing Jean Vigo for Manchester University Press.

Michael Witt teaches Cinema Studies at the University of Surrey Roehampton. He has published widely on French cinema, is co-editor of For Ever Godard (2004) and is currently writing Jean-Luc Godard, Cinema Historian for Indiana University Press.