9780415161176 English 0415161177 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 Contextsdiscusses such masterpieces as Renoir'sLa Bete Humaineand Carne'sLes Enfants du paradis;popular classics such asLes Vacances de Monsieur HulotandMa nuit chez Maud;landmarks of the New Wave such asLes 400 coupsandA bout de souffle;and important contemporary films such asNikitaandLa 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 Haine The 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., This work looks at classic French films, from the 1930s to the 1990s, providing detailed analyses of 22 major landmarks in French cinema. Embracing classic thrillers such as Renoir's Le Crime de Monsieur Lange, popular comedies like Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot, or New Wave masterpieces like Godard's A Bout de Souffle, contributors employ a variety of methods of textual analysis to investigate the different ways in which these and other films textually inscribe and rework a variety of other cultural and historical texts. Approaching from a variety of disciplines - history, literary studies, semiotics, psychoanalysis - contributors examine films within the context of French film and literature, Hollywood, and the profound changes in French society taking place through the twentieth century. This revised second edition includes: new studies of controversial classics such as Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samourai and Betrand Blier's Les Valseuses; articles on acclaimed 90s films Nikita, Cyrano de Bergerac, and La Haine; and a fully revised introduction and bibliography.