French Cinema in the 1980s: Nostalgia and the Crisis of Masculinity / Edition 1

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Overview


French film in the 1980s might have lacked the invention of the New Wave but gritty police thrillers and nostalgic costume-dramas such as Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources brought French cinema to a wider audience than ever before.

This landmark study is not merely a history of French film in the 1980s, but offers a set of critical essays on the crisis of masculinity in contemporary French culture, and its interrelationship with nostalgia. After a brief overview both of the crisis in the French film industry during the 1980s, and of the socio-political crisis of masculinity in the wake of 1970s feminism, the book is divided into three sections: the retro-nostalgic film, the Polar, or police thriller, and the comic film.

Films studied in detail include Diva, Subway, Coup de foudre, Vivement dimanche!, La Vie est un long fleuve tranquille, and Tenue de soirée, while the volume covers actors from Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, and Yves Montand to Isabelle Adjani, Isabelle Huppert, and Emmanuelle Béart.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198711193
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Lexile: 1390L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Phil P. Powrie is Professor of French Cultural Studies and Director of the Centre for Research into Film at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
1 Introduction 1
2 The Nostalgia Film 13
3 Un amour de Swann: Nostalgia and Sexuality 28
4 Un dimanche a la campagne: Nostalgia, Painting, and Depressive Masochism 38
5 Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources: Nostalgia and Hysteria 50
6 Coup de foudre: Nostalgia and Lesbianism 62
7 The Polar 75
8 Vivement dimanche! Or How to Take Away with One Hand What you Give with the Other 84
9 A Fistful of Polars: Chronicles of Discomfiture 96
10 Diva's Deluxe Disasters 109
11 Subway: Identity and Inarticulacy 121
12 Mauvais Sang: The Flight of the Female 130
13 The Comic Film 141
14 Trois hommes et un couffin: Hysterical Homoeroticism 147
15 La Vie est un long fleuve tranquille: Fallen Angels and Men Overboard 159
16 Tenue de soiree: The 'Suffering Macho' 171
17 Conclusion 183
Filmography 187
Bibliography 190
Index 199
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