ISBN-10:
1405184515
ISBN-13:
9781405184519
Pub. Date:
12/29/2009
Publisher:
Wiley
Unraveling French Cinema: From L'Atalante to Cach / Edition 1

Unraveling French Cinema: From L'Atalante to Cach / Edition 1

by T. Jefferson Kline
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Overview

Unraveling French Cinema provides a much needed introduction to the complexities of French film for students, cineastes, and the movie-loving public.

  • Looks at the differences between French and American national cinema
  • Explores how French directors shape their films around two potentially divergent goals: the narration of a story and an elaboration of some theory about film itself.
  • Demystifies the "difficulty" of French cinema, allowing the American movie-goer to enjoy films that are too often perplexing at a first viewing.
  • Offers extended analyses of classic, New Wave, and contemporary French films—including L'Atalante, Adele H., The Rules of the Game, and Cache.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405184519
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/29/2009
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

T. Jefferson Kline is a Professor of French at Boston University where he served as Chair of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures (1979-88) and more recently received a Metcalf Award for excellence in teaching. His publications include Bertolucci's Dream Loom, I film di Bertolucci, Intertextuality in New Wave French Cinema and various edited works and essays on literature.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Introduction 1

1 Cinema and/as Poetry: L’Atalante’s Apples as Poems 13

2 Cinema and the Real: Renoir’s Rules 35

3 Cinema and/as Crime: Breaking the Law in The Children of Paradise, Pickpocket, and Breathless 54

4 Cinema and/as Mapping: Reorienting Ourselves Through Film 83

5 Cinema and/as Dream: Truffaut’s “Royal Road” to Adele H. 109

6 Cinema and/as Hypnosis: Jacquot’s Seventh Heaven 132

7 Cinema and/as Mourning: Anne Fontaine’s How I Killed My Father 148

8 Cinema and/as Terror: Michael Haneke’s Caché 165

9 Beautiful Fragments: Discontinuity and the French Cinema 179

Notes 193

References 212

Index 219

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"Unravelling French Cinema is both a model of pedagogy and an introduction to the prismatic art of reading cinema.  It is a brilliant an enduring contribution to film studies." Tom Conley, Harvard University

“T. Jefferson Kline provides a gentle yet intelligent introduction to what makes French cinema French.  Unraveling French Cinema  offers lucid and compelling discussions about some of French film history's most significant films, such as Jean Vigo's  L'Atalante  and François Truffaut's  Adèle H.,  that will prove especially useful in the classroom.” Hilary Radner, University of Otago, New Zealand

"An original, bold, and exciting new look at the history of French cinema and its masterpieces. Ideal for classroom use as well as a "must read" for film scholars and French cultural historians." Richard Golsam, Texas A&M University

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