The A to Z of French Cinema (The A to Z Guide Series) by Dayna Oscherwitz

By Dayna Oscherwitz

It may be argued that cinema used to be created in France by way of Louis Lumière in 1895 with the discovery of the cinématographe, the 1st real motion-picture digital camera and projector. whereas there have been different cameras and units invented prior that have been able to projecting intermittent movement of pictures, the cinématographe was once the 1st equipment in a position to recording and externally projecting photographs in this type of approach as to exhibit movement. Early movies comparable to Lumière's La Sortie de l'usine, a minute-long movie of employees leaving the Lumière manufacturing facility, captured the mind's eye of the country and fast encouraged the likes of Georges Méliès, Alice man, and Charles Pathé. over the years, French cinema has been answerable for generating a few of the world's top directors―Jean Renoir, Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, and Louis Malle―and actors―Charles Boyer, Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, and Audrey Tautou.

The A to Z of French Cinema covers the historical past of French movie from the silent period to the current in a concise and recent quantity detailing the improvement of French cinema and significant theoretical and cultural matters on the topic of it. this can be performed via a chronology, an advent, pictures, a bibliography, and enormous quantities of cross-referenced dictionary entries on the various significant actors, administrators, movies, activities, manufacturers, and studios linked to French cinema. Going past mere biographical info, entries additionally speak about the impression and importance of every person, movie, circulate, or studio incorporated. This particular, scholarly research of the improvement of movie in France turns out to be useful to either the beginner and the specialist alike.

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The Germans continued the process of standardization that the French government had begun. The Nazis set up the Comité d’Organisation de l’Industrie Cinématographique (COIC) to oversee and manage film production [the center still exists today, although in its postliberation iteration the Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC)]. They also standardized ratings and ticket prices, and even created production companies, such as the infamous Continental Films, which allowed sanctioned individuals to continue to work.

The daughter of actors, she studied theater and dance in France and England. She made her film debut at the age of thirteen in Henri Calef’s La Maison sous la mer (1947), and adopted the name Anouk after the character she played in that film. The surname Aimée was suggested by the writer Jacques Prévert, who wrote the screenplay for her second film, André Cayatte’s Les amants du Vérone (1949). She later starred in Alexandre Astruc’s sketch Le rideau cramoisi, (1953) and his first feature-length film, Les mauvaises rencontres (1955).

Louis Malle’s Au revoir les enfants receives the Prix Jean-Vigo. May: Maurice Pialat’s Sous le soleil de Satan wins the Palme d’Or. Alain Cavalier’s Thérèse wins the César for Best Film. December: Malle’s Au revoir les enfants and JeanLuc Godard’s Soigne ta droite share the Prix Louis-Delluc. 1988 Luc Moullet’s La Comédie du travail receives the Prix JeanVigo. Louis Malle’s Au revoir les enfants wins the César for Best Film. December: Michel Deville’s La Lectrice wins the Prix Louis-Delluc. 1989 The top best-selling films in France are American.

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