THE FABER BOOK OF FRENCH CINEMA

CHARLES DRAZIN
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This volume traces French cinema history from a fairground novelty into a global industry, by offering portraits of the pioneers that made it. The First World War led France to surrender her position as the world's dominant film-making power, but it soon forged a new role for itself as a beacon of cinematic possibility and achievement. French cinema’s Golden Age boasted an intelligence, maturity and flair that classical Hollywood could admire but struggled to emulate. Suggesting a Gallic attitude that has always considered the cinema to be as much a cause as a business, Drazin looks at the extraordinary resilience of the French film industry during the Second World War and its remarkable post-war regeneration. He looks at the seminal impact of New Wave film-makers -- typified by Truffaut and Godard – as well as at other waves that have followed.