French Blockbusters

French Blockbusters

Author: Charlie Michael

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474424240

Category: History

Page: 256

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The digitised spectacles conjured by a word like `blockbuster' may create a certain cognitive dissonance with received ideas about French cinema - long celebrated as a model for philosophical, economic and aesthetic resistance to globalised popular culture. While the Gallic `cultural exception' remains a forceful current to this day, this book shows how the onslaught of Hollywood mega-franchises and new media platforms since the 1980s has also provoked an overtly commercialised response from French producers eager to redefine the stakes and scope of their own traditions. Cutting across a swath of recent French-produced cinema, French Blockbusters offers the first book-length consideration of the theoretical implications, historical impact and cultural consequences of recent popular films that are rapidly changing what it means to make - or to see - a `French' film today. From English-language action vehicles like Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Besson, 2017) to revisionist historical films like Of Gods and Men (Beauvois, 2011) and crowd-pleasing comedies like Intouchables (Toledano & Nakache, 2011), the variously filiated `local blockbusters' from contemporary France brim with the seeds of cultural contradiction, but also with the energy of a forceful counter-history
French Blockbusters
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Charlie Michael
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-07-17 - Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

The digitised spectacles conjured by a word like `blockbuster' may create a certain cognitive dissonance with received ideas about French cinema - long celebrated as a model for philosophical, economic and aesthetic resistance to globalised popular culture. While the Gallic `cultural exception' remains a forceful current to this day, this
A Companion to Contemporary French Cinema
Language: en
Pages: 717
Authors: Alistair Fox, Michel Marie, Raphaƫlle Moine, Hilary Radner
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-01-27 - Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

A Companion to Contemporary French Cinema presents a comprehensive collection of original essays addressing all aspects of French cinema from 1990 to the present day. Features original contributions from top film scholars relating to all aspects of contemporary French cinema Includes new research on matters relating to the political economy
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Language: en
Pages: 417
Authors: Susan Hayward
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005 - Publisher: Psychology Press

This revised and updated edition of a successful and established text provides a much-needed historical overview of French cinema from its roots through to the political and social developments in the 1990s and beyond.
The A to Z of French Cinema
Language: en
Pages: 504
Authors: Dayna Oscherwitz, MaryEllen Higgins
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-09-02 - Publisher: Scarecrow Press

It can be argued that cinema was created in France by Louis Lumi_re in 1895 with the invention of the cinZmatographe, the first true motion-picture camera and projector. While there were other cameras and devices invented earlier that were capable of projecting intermittent motion of images, the cinZmatographe was the
Directory of World Cinema: France
Language: en
Pages: 325
Authors: Charlie Michael
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013 - Publisher: Intellect Books

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