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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 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.

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

Choosing films that are well known and DVD-accessible, the volume lists series of films that can be profitably viewed through the lens of each chapter.  Kline situates François Truffaut’s well-known The Story of Adele H. as a pivotal film throughout the book, and threads it through each chapter, with a view to building on readers' acquisition of critical thinking and viewing skills. Unraveling French Cinema is a must-have guide – whether you're watching Louis Malle and Lumière classics or Cocteau and Haneke's Caché.

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