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The Faber Book of French Cinema

Charles Drazin

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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Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571349289
Date Published
04.10.2018
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Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

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.

Sunday Times
Critic Reviews

Useful, lively and informative.

Anne Billson, Sunday Telegraph Book of the Week
Critic Reviews

Drazin's succinct survey of French cinema ... a well-argued history of French cinema's evolution and duelling attitudes.

Daily Telegraph
Critic Reviews

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.

Sight and Sound
Critic Reviews

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.

Shortlist
Critic Reviews

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.

Literary Review
CharlesDrazin

Charles Drazin is a biographer and film historian who lectures on the cinema at Queen Mary, University of London. His previous books include In Search of The Third Man, Korda: Britain’s Only Movie Mogul and The Man Who Outshone the Sun King. He is also the editor of two volumes of journals of the novelist John Fowles

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