This essay collection offers a new approach to the representation of Paris on screen. Bringing together a wide range of renowned French and Anglophone specialists in film, television, history, architecture and literature, Alastair Phillips and Ginette Vincendeau introduce, challenge and extend ideas about the city as the locus of screen modernity. Through a range of concrete and historically-specific case studies, this unique text demonstrates how the cinematic city of Paris now constitutes a major archive of French cultural history and memory.
This is an ideal resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students of Film, Media and Cultural Studies, French Studies, European or Transnational Studies, Visual Studies, and Urban Studies. Fresh and engaging, this fascinating text will also appeal to lovers of French cinema and the capital city that comprises its major home.
Alastair Phillips is Associate Professor (Reader) in Film Studies at the University of Warwick. His books on French cinema include City of Darkness, City of Light: Emigre Filmmakers in Paris 1929-1939 (2004), Rififi (2009), Journeys of Desire, European Actors in Hollywood (co-edited with Ginette Vincendeau, 2006) and A Companion to Jean Renoir (co-edited with Ginette Vincendeau, 2013). He is an editor of Screen and currently working on a book about the films of Jacques Becker. Ginette Vincendeau is Professor in Film Studies at King's College London and a regular contributor to Sight and Sound. She has published widely on French cinema and was made Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for services to French Culture. Among her books are Stars and Stardom in French Cinema (2000), Jean-Pierre Melville, An American in Paris (2003), La Haine (2005) and Brigitte Bardot (2013). She co-edited Journeys of Desire: European Actors in Hollywood (2006) and A Companion to Jean Renoir (2013) with Alastair Phillips and The French New Wave: Critical Landmarks (2009) with Peter Graham. Her current research is on the filmmaker Claude Autant-Lara.
Acknowledgements.- Beyond the flaneur: an introduction; Alastair Phillips and Ginette Vincendeau.- PART 1: LOCATIONS.- The Eiffel Tower: a Parisian film star; Nicoleta Bazgan.- Working-class Paris and post-war noir: Les Portes de la nuit; Thomas Pillard.- The caves of Saint-Germain-des-Pres in 1950s French cinema; Sebastien Layerle.- Le Signe du lion: Paris in the summer of 1959; Michel Marie.- Truffaut's apartments; Hilary Radner and Alistair Fox.- The New Wave hotel; Roland-Francois Lack.- The vanishing of Les Halles; Catherine E. Clark.- The Parisian banlieue on screen: so close, yet so far; Ginette Vincendeau.- PART 2: CHARACTERS.- Maigret from across the Channel; Charlotte Brunsdon.- Parisian cinephiles and the Mac-Mahon; Leila Wimmer.- Beyond the flaneuse: the uniqueness of Cleo de 5 a 7; Jennifer Wallace.- Amateur filmmakers' Paris: home movies at the Forum des images; Roger Odin.- The concierge in contemporary French Cinema; Raphaelle Moine.- Parisian lovers in the contemporary romcom; Mary Harrod.- The enduring glamour of the Parisienne; Stephen Gundle.- PART 3: HISTORY.- Charles Dickens's Two Cities; Colin Jones.- From Meryon to Ulmer's Bluebeard: a Baudelairian iconography; Jean-Loup Bourget.- Site of infamy: the Vel' d'Hiv in French cinema; Sandy Flitterman-Lewis.- `Unremarkable Paris': Jacques Becker's Urban Everyday; Alastair Phillips.- Television and the renewal of Paris, from official discourse to social criticism; Helene Janniere.- Parisian building sites (1945-1975): from modernity to abstraction; Marie Gaimard and Marguerite Vappereau.- The mirror of a city: the `Parisian Collection' of the Forum des images; Jean-Yves de Lepinay.- INTERVIEW.- Filming Paris: an interview with Jean-Pierre Jeunet.- Contributors.- Select bibliography.