European Cinema: An Introduction

European Cinema: An Introduction

by Jill Forbes, Sarah Street


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The survival of cinema in Europe and the analysis of its heritage are key issues for the new century. This book asks how we can define European cinema and how it should be studied. It provides an overview of the problems, traditions and key questions that have informed the study of European cinema, investigating the links and tensions between Europe and Hollywood and exploring the different experiences of national identities within a common European framework.

Twelve case studies of individual European films ranging from The Battleship Potemkin and The Lodger, to La Haine and Trainspotting, illustrate the distinctiveness and variety of cinema in Europe as well as the various critical methods by which it can be studied.

With its detailed analysis of films from several European countries including Britain and Russia, the book encourages a comparative approach and raises urgent questions about the future of European cinema in the context of globalization. It will be of interest to students in Film Studies, European Studies and Modern European Languages and Cultures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333752104
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 01/06/2001
Edition description: 2000
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

JILL FORBES is Professor of French at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. She is an international authority on French cinema and author of many publications in the field including The Cinema in France: After the New Wave (Macmillan, 1992), French Cultural Studies (Oxford University Press, 1995, with Michael Kelly) and Les Enfants du Paradis (BFI, 1997).

SARAH STREET is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Bristol. A distinguished authority on British cinema, her publications include Cinema and State (co-authored with Margaret Dickinson, 1985) and British National Cinema (Routledge, 1997).

Table of Contents

Introduction.- PART ONE.- European Cinema: Economics and Politics.- European Cinema: Ideology, Aesthetics and Style.- References and Suggestions for Further Reading.- PART TWO: CASE STUDIES.- Bronenosets Potemkin/Potyomkin (The Battleship Potemkin); B.Beumers.- The Lodger; S.Street.- La Règle du jeu; J.Forbes.- Ossessione; D.Duncan.- Viridiana; A.McDermott .- Alice in den Städten (Alice in the Cities); S.Taberner.- Carmen; A.McDermott.- Good Morning Babilonia; D.Duncan.- Das Versprechen (The Promise); S.Taberner.- La Haine; J.Forbes.- Trainspotting; S.Street.- Sibirskii tsiriul'nik (The Barber of Siberia); B.Beumers.- Notes on Contributors.- Index.

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'The publication of European Cinema: An Introduction comes as a shower of rain in the desert...The editors Jill Forbes and Sarah Street and their contributors have written a text that helps to fill a yawning gap and offers an accessible, well-written and stimulating account for a wide range of readers.' - Steve Brewer, European Journal of Communication

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