Of all European cinema, the most important is French. France
annually produces more films than any other European nation, and
throughout its history it has been the key competitor to Hollywood;
it is Cannes that matters most after the Oscars. Moreover, the
study of film as an academic discipline emerged from France during
the 1950s, and was shaped by the work of French intellectuals
during the 1960s and 1970s. And in the broad field of international
scholarship that is Film Studies, after Hollywood, there are more
scholars working in French cinema than any other national
As serious research on French cinema continues to flourish, this
new four-volume collection from Routledge meets the need for an
authoritative anthology to enable users to navigate and make sense
of the subject s large body of scholarship, and the continuing
explosion in research output. Edited by Phil Powrie, Chief General
Editor of the only academic journal specifically devoted to French
cinema, and chair of the Association for Studies in French Cinema,
this new Routledge title is a mini library of foundational and the
very best cutting-edge work. The gathered major works bring
together the best and most influential writing on French cinema.
Volume I engages with two different forms of scholarship: popular
cinema (genres and stars) and influential conceptualizations of
French cinema. Volume II adopts the more canonical historical
approach for the period up to the New Wave, assembling the best
work on the silent period, the Golden Age of the 1930s and early
1940s, and the New Wave of the early 1960s. Volumes III and IV,
meanwhile, focus on the post-New Wave period from the mid-1960s
Each volume includes a helpful introduction, newly written by
the editor, which places the gathered materials in their historical
and intellectual context. Indeed, "French Cinema" is an essential
work of reference, and is destined to be valued by scholars and
advanced students as a vital research tool.
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