The Classic French Cinema 1930-1960 by Colin Crisp soon to be available at the special BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Bloomington & Idianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1997, Paperback.
Illustrated by way of: Appendix; Black & White Photographs; Graphs; Tables;
From the cover: The three decades between 1930 and 1960 were one of the most creative periods in the history of cinema. During this era, films achieved a level of great sophistication, and in France this era produced some of the most famous films ever made Jean Vigos Zero de Conduite, Rene Clairs A nous la Liberte, Jean Renoirs Crime de M Lange, and Jean Cocteaus Orphee.
In The Classic French Cinema, 1930-1960 Colin Crisp investigates the critical period from the introduction of sound to the beginning of the New Wave. He details the extraordinary ingenuity of French filmmakers who worked under economic and technological constraints that affected both the production and the consumption of films. In this comprehensive study, Crisp synthesizes a large body of work on the French cinema, most of it published only in French. At the same time, he radically re-writes aspects of the industrial history of the classic French cinema, shedding new light on its periodization and re-evaluating the extent of German influence on the French film industrys post-war organization. Crisp also reveals the New Wave filmmakers to be the natural heirs of the classic French cinema, rather than a break with the earlier tradition.
[XIX] 485 pages. Index. Bibliography. Trade Paperback (9¼” x 6¼”).