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Unraveling French Cinema From L'Atalante to Cach

Kline, T. Jefferson

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ISBN 10: 1405184515 / ISBN 13: 9781405184519
Published by Wiley-Blackwell, 2009
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Title: Unraveling French Cinema From L'Atalante to ...

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

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

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

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Unraveling French Cinema provides a much-neededintroduction to the complexities of French film for students,cineastes, and the movie-loving public. Kline analyzes sevencinematic arenas, each chosen to present the reader with anexperience of reading a film for plot and a particular definitionof what it means to make a film. Each chapter crafts a particulartheory of film – as dream, hypnosis, mapping, poetry,seduction, mourning, and even terrorism – that is central tothe French cinematic tradition.

Choosing films that are well known and DVD-accessible, thevolume lists series of films that can be profitably viewedthrough the lens of each chapter.  Kline situatesFrançois Truffaut’s well-known The Story ofAdele H. as a pivotal film throughout the book, andthreads it through each chapter, with a view to building onreaders' acquisition of critical thinking and viewing skills.Unraveling French Cinema is a must-have guide –whether you're watching Louis Malle and Lumière classics orCocteau and Haneke's Caché.

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