To a large extent, the story of French filmmaking is the story of moviemaking. From the earliest flickering images of the late nineteenth century through the silent era, Surrealist influences, the Nazi Occupation, the glories of the New Wave, the rebirth of the industry in the 1990s with the exception culturelle, and the present, Remi Lanzoni examines a considerable number of the world's most beloved films. Building upon his 2004 best-selling edition, the second edition of French Cinema maintains the chronological analysis, factual reliability, ease of use, and accessible prose, while at once concentrating more on the current generation of female directors, mainstream productions such as The Artist and The Intouchables, and the emergence of minority filmmakers (Beur cinema).
Remi Fournier Lanzoni, a native of Lyon, France, is Associate Professor of Romance Languages at Wake Forest University, USA. He has written several books, among which are French Cinema: From its Beginnings to Present (Continuum, 2004) and Comedy Italian Style: The Golden Age of Italian Film Comedies (Continuum, 2009) as well as several articles on Italian cinema.
List of Illustrations Introduction Chapter 1: The Invention of Motion Pictures and the Silent Era of Film Chapter 2: The Golden Age of French Cinema Chapter 3: French Cinema of the Occupation Chapter 4: The Postwar Era Chapter 5: The Years of the French New Wave Chapter 6: French Cinema of the 1970s Chapter 7: French Cinema of the 1980s Chapter 8: French Cinema in the Fin De Siecle Chapter 9: The New Millennium Abbreviations Appendix Notes Select Bibliography Index