The Classic French Cinema, 1930-1960
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The Classic French Cinema, 1930-1960

Colin Crisp
Distribution: World
Publication date: 4/1/1997
Format: paper 512 pages, 58 b&w photos
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-21115-6
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“We can usually expect something fresh and different to emerge from Australia, and this study is no exception.” —American Cinematographer

“An important contribution to cinema history . . . especially impressive in its analysis of the French cinema industry, in terms of both mode of production and personnel, and in its analysis of the French technological base.” —Richard Abel

From 1930 to 1960, France produced some of the most famous films ever made, such as Jean Vigo’s Zéro de conduite and Jean Cocteau’s Orphée. Here Colin Crisp investigates this critical period and details the extraordinary ingenuity of French filmmakers, who worked under economic and technological constraints that affected both the production and the consumption of films.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. Political Economy and Industrial Structure 1930-1940
2. Political Economy and Industrial Structure 1940-1960
3. Plant and Technology
4. Personnel
5. The Formation of Audiences
6. Mode of Production and Authorial Control
7. Work Practices and Stylistic Change

Conclusion: The Classic French Cinema and the New Wave

Appendix
Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Photo sections follow page 325