French Cinema—A Critical Filmography

French Cinema—A Critical Filmography

Volume 1, 1929–1939
Colin Crisp
Distribution: World
Publication date: 06/29/2015
ISBN: 978-0-253-01703-1
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This invaluable resource by one of the world’s leading experts in French cinema presents a coherent overview of French cinema in the 20th century and its place and function in French society. Each filmography includes 101 films listed chronologically (Volume 1: 1929–1939 and Volume 2: 1940–1958) and provides accessible points of entry into the remarkable world of 20th-century French cinema. All entries contain a list of cast members and characters, production details, an overview of the film's cultural and historical significance, and a critical summary of the film's plot and narrative structure. Each volume includes an appendix listing rewards earned and an extensive reference list for further reading and research. A third volume, covering the period 1958–1974, is forthcoming.

Author Bio

Colin Crisp is a leading scholar in French film history and author of The Classic French Cinema, 1930–1960 (IUP, 1993) and Genre, Myth, and Convention in the French Cinema, 1929–1939 (IUP, 2002).

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“By delving into the mise en scène, editing practices, and 'theatricality' of largely unseen works of French 1930s cinema, Crisp reveals the richness of different genres and pushes back against the critically sanctioned masterpieces of, say, Marcel Carné, in favour of inclusivity and diversity.”
 — French Studies

“In these introductions and in the coverage of the individual films . . . , Crisp displays a truly remarkable ability to condense sensitive, original insights into succinct prose and yet leave readers feeling well nourished. . . . Highly recommended.”
 — Choice

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: The French Cinema in the 1930s

Part I. The Introduction of Sound
1930
1. Prix de beauté (released 25 April)
2. Sous les toits de Paris (2 May)
3. L'Âge d'or (2 October)
4. Le Chemin du paradis (10 October)
5. Le Roi des resquilleurs (14 November)
6. La Petite Lise (4 December)

1931
7. L'Opéra de quat'sous (19 February)
8. David Golder (6 March)
9. Le Million (3 April)
10. Marius (7 October)
11. La Chienne (20 November)
12. À nous la liberté (18 December)

1932
13. Le Sang d'un poète (20 January)
14. Les 5 Gentlemen maudits (10 February)
15. Croix de bois (17 March)
16. L'Atlantide (8 June)
17. Les Gaietés de l'escadron (16 September)
18. Vampyr (23 September)
19. Poil de carotte (4 November)
20. Boudu sauvé des eaux (11 November)
21. L'Affaire est dans le sac (25 November)

Part II. The Great Depression
1933
22. Quatorze juillet (13 January)
23. L'Homme à l'Hispano (24 March)
24. Théodore et Cie (7 April)
25. Zéro de conduite (7 April)
26. La Maternelle (1 September)
27. Cette vieille canaille (3 November)

1934
28. La Rue sans nom (26 January)
29. La Croisière jaune (18 March)
30. Ces messieurs de la Santé (23 March)
31. Le Grand Jeu (27 April)
32. L'Atalante (14 September)
33. Si j'étais le patron (1 October)
34. Angèle (26 October)
35. L'Hôtel du Libre Échange (9 November)

1935
36. Pension Mimosas (18 January)
37. Le Bonheur (8 February)
38. Toni (22 February)
39. Justin de Marseille (5 April)
40. Quelle drôle de gosse (17 May)
41. Crime et châtiment (17 May)
42. La Bandera (20 September)
43. Princesse Tam-Tam (18 October)
44. L'Équipage (25 October)
45. La Kermesse héroïque (1 December)

Part III. The Rise of Poetic Realism
1936
46. Le Crime de Monsieur Lange (24 January)
47. Razumov or Sous les yeux d'Occident (20 March)
48. La Terre q