9780415001311 English 0415001315 Analyses key French films in their cultural context and explores their relation to literary texts and popular ideas of national history., Essential reading for enthusiasts and scholars of French film, this bestselling volume provides detailed analyses of twenty-two classics of French cinema, from the 1920s to the 1990s. Putting the films in the context of issues like the history of French cinema, gender politics, and the influence of Hollywood, "French Film: Texts and Contexts" discusses such masterpieces as Renoir's "La Bete Humaine" and Carne's "Les Enfants du paradis; " popular classics such as "Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot" and "Ma nuit chez Maud; " landmarks of the New Wave such as "Les 400 coups" and "A bout de souffle; " and important contemporary films such as "Nikita" and "La Haine." This revised and updated edition includes new articles on controversial classics and key films of the 1990s, a filmography of each director discussed, a new introduction and bibliography, and a guide to further reading., The second edition of this innovative textbook brings together leading scholars to provide detailed analyses of twenty-two key films within the canon of French cinema, from the 1920s to the 1990s. Films discussed include: * masterpieces such as Renoir's La Bete Humaine and Carne's Les Enfants du Paradis* popular classics such as Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot and Ma Nuit chez Maud* landmarks of the New Wave such as Les 400 Coups and A bout de souffle* important films of the 1990s such as Nikita and La HaineThe films are considered in relation to such issues as the history of French cinema, the social and cultural contexts of their production and reception, the relationship with Hollywood cinema, gender politics, authorship and genre. Each article is accompanied with a guide to further reading and a filmography of the director, and the new edition also includes a fully revised introduction and a bibliography on French cinema.