The Faber Book of French Cinema
In The Faber Book of French Cinema, Charles Drazin explores the rich film culture and history of the country that first established cinema as the most important mass medium of the twentieth century.
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In The Faber Book of French Cinema, Charles Drazin explores the rich film culture and history of the country that first established the cinema as the most important mass medium of the twentieth century.
Offering portraits of such key figures as the Lumière brothers, Georges Méliès, Charles Pathé and Léon Gaumont, he looks at the early pioneers who transformed a fairground novelty into a global industry.
The crisis caused by the First World War led France to surrender her position as the world’s dominant film-making power, but French cinema forged a new role for itself as a beacon of cinematic possibility and achievement.
Suggesting a Gallic attitude that has always considered the cinema to be as much a cause as a business, Drazin looks at the extraordinary resilience of the French film industry during the Second World War when, in spite of the national catastrophe of defeat and occupation, it was still able to produce such classics as Le Corbeau and Les Enfants du Paradis.
Finally, he traces its remarkable post-war regeneration. He looks at the seminal impact of the New Wave of film-makers – typified by Truffaut and Godard – but also at the other waves that have followed since. As he brings the story into the twenty-first century – with Jacques Audaird’s award-winning A Prophet – he seeks to capture the essence of the French film tradition and why it continues to matter to anyone who cares about the cinema.
Drazin's well-researched history ... Drazin's admirable study ... If Drazin's book serves to alert even a few readers to a world of wonders that has grown ever more neglected, it will have been worth the effort.
Useful, lively and informative.
Drazin's succinct survey of French cinema ... a well-argued history of French cinema's evolution and duelling attitudes.
A fluently written survey, from the Lumiere brothers to A Prophet ... This is an engaging and capable account or classic French art cinema as as such will be a useful introduction.
Whether you're a seasoned Gallic film buff or the owner of a solitary Gerard Depardieu VHS, this absorbing compendium is an absolute must ... Expect to emerge witha hefty DVD shopping list.
Drazin has succeeded in writing a history of Franch CInema that can be read from beginning to end ... Drazin's achievement is considerable, and extremely welcome ... The book will have plenty of use as a go-to guide.
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