Studies in French Cinema (Book)

UK perspectives, 1985–2010

Edited by Will Higbee and Sarah Leahy


Will Higbee is a senior lecturer in film studies and co-director of the Centre for Research in Film Studies at University of Exeter. He is the author of Matthieu Kassovitz.

Sarah Leahy is a senior lecturer in French and film at Newcastle University. She is the author of Casque d'or.

Will Higbee and Sarah Leahy are associate editors of Studies in French Cinema.

Introduction – W. Higbee and S. Leahy
Chapter1: 'Pierrot le fou' and post-New Wave French cinema – Jill Forbes
Chapter 2: National Cinemas and the Body Politic – Susan Hayward
Chapter 3: Unfamiliar Places: 'heterospection' and recent French films on children – Phil Powrie
Chapter 4: The circular ruins? Frontiers, exile and the nation in Renoir’s 'Le Crime de Monsieur Lange' – Keith Reader
Chapter 5: Beurz N the Hood: The articulation of Beur and French identities in 'Le Thé au harem d'Archimède' and 'Hexagone' – Carrie Tarr
Chapter 6: Community, Nostalgia and the Spectacle of Masculinity – Ginette Vincendeau
Chapter 7: Asserting text, context and intertext: Jill Forbes and French Film Studies – Julia Dobson
Chapter 8: Jill Forbes: The continued conversation – Sue Harris
Chapter 9: Political Threads and Material Memory: Mayo’s Wardrobe for 'Casque d’or' (1952) – Jennie Cousins
Chapter 10: ‘Une vraie famille Benetton’: Maternal metaphors of nation in 'Il y a longtemps que je t’aime' (Claudel, 2008) - a response to Susan Hayward – Sarah Leahy
Chapter 11: Phil Powrie: French film studies as a heterotopic field – Ann Davies
Chapter 12: Men in Unfamiliar Places: A response to Phil Powrie – Alison Smith
Chapter 13: To elicit and elude: The film writing of Keith Reader – Douglas Morrey
Chapter 14: Sexuality (and Resnais): A response to Keith Reader – Emma Wilson
Chapter 15: Of spaces and difference in 'La Graine et le mulet' (Kechiche, 2007): A dialogue with Carrie Tarr – Will Higbee
Chapter 16: Cinema, the second sex and studies of French women’s films in the 2000s – Kate Ince
Chapter 17: The bafflement of Gabin and Raimu and the breathlessness of Belmondo: a dialogue with the work of Ginette Vincendeau – Martin O'Shaughnessy
Chapter 18: Placing French Film History – Alastair Phillips
Chapter 19: To the distant observer – Jill Forbes
Chapter 20: Censoring French ‘Cinéma de qualité’ — 'Bel-Ami' (Louis Daquin, 1954) – Susan Hayward
Chapter 21: Raymond Bernard's 'Les Misérables' (1934) – Keith Reader
Chapter 22: Jewish-Arab Relations in French and Maghrebi Cinema(s) – Carrie Tarr
Chapter 23: The Frenchness of French Cinema: The language of national identity, from the regional to the trans-national – Ginette Vincendeau
Chapter 24: Four decades of teaching and research in French cinema – Phil Powrie

We find, here, an overview of French cinema from the 1930s to the early twenty-first century that offers a complex and multilayered vision of its field of study, which draws on questions of gender, nation, sexuality, community, and identity. Inevitably, while each of these articles raises fundamental questions that remain relevant to those researching and teaching French Film studies, the dialogue that emerges through the inclusion of the six pieces together is particularly thought provoking.

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