Gender and French Cinema

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This book opens up the history of twentieth-century French cinema from the silent era to the present day by exploring the key role of gender and sexual politics. A much-needed sequel to Berg's bestselling Gender and German Cinema, the volume tackles such questions as:

- What role did the female voice play when sound cinema was first developed?

- How have film genres and movements been shaped by gender and sexual politics?

- How does gender intersect with factors of race, class, ...

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Overview

This book opens up the history of twentieth-century French cinema from the silent era to the present day by exploring the key role of gender and sexual politics. A much-needed sequel to Berg's bestselling Gender and German Cinema, the volume tackles such questions as:

- What role did the female voice play when sound cinema was first developed?

- How have film genres and movements been shaped by gender and sexual politics?

- How does gender intersect with factors of race, class, ethnic and national identity?

The contributors also throw into relief broad issues such as the evolution of film in the context of 20C French social, political and cultural history.

Bringing together original essays by French, British and American scholars, the collection fully covers the development of French cinema. It addresses the work of individual auteurs, the French star system, and film genres and movements such as Dada and Surrealism, the New Wave and the New New Wave. It also focuses on film narratives in which issues of gender are particularly pertinent. The volume, which features illustrations, a filmography and bibliography, will be one of the standard handbooks in French cultural/film studies for some time to come.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859735701
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Hughes is a Professor in French Studies, at the University of Birmingham

James S. Williams is a Senior Lecturer in French and Comparative Literature, at the University of Kent.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
2 Bodies Cut and Dissolved: Dada and Surrealist Film 19
3 Diva in the Spotlight: Music Hall to Cinema 35
4 'Mon cul est intersexuel?': Arletty's Performance of Gender 63
5 For Our Eyes Only: Body and Sexuality in Reverse Motion in the Films of Jean Cocteau 77
6 Setting the Agenders: Simone Signoret - The Pre-Feminist Star Body 107
7 Gender, Modernism and Mass Culture in the New Wave 125
8 'Autistic Masculinity' in Jean-Pierre Melville's Crime Thrillers 139
9 Gender in the French Fantasy Film 1965-95 157
10 Going Through the Motions: Unconscious Optics and Corporal Resistance in Mieville and Godard's France/tour/detour/deux/enfants 171
11 The God, the King, the Fool and OO: Anamorphosing the Films of Beineix 195
12 AIDS-Video: Representing the Body in Guibert's La Pudeur ou l'impudeur 209
13 Gender and Sexuality in New New Wave Cinema 227
14 Running Out of Place: Gender, Space and Crisis in Ferreira Barbosa's Les Gens normaux n'ont rien d'exceptionnel and Lvovsky's Oublie-moi 241
15 Identification and Female Friendship in Contemporary French Film 255
Filmography 269
Selected Bibliography 271
Index 287
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