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  Cinema of France - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As the advent of television threatened the life of cinema itself, countries were faced with the problem of reviving cinema-going.
The French cinema market, and more generally the French-speaking market, is smaller than the English-speaking market, one reason being that some major markets such as the United States are fairly reluctant to import foreign movies.
As a consequence, French movies have to be amortized on a relatively small market and thus generally have budgets far lower than their American counterparts, ruling out expensive settings and special effects.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Cinema_of_France   (1185 words)

  
 Steve Nottingham: The French New Wave
The core group of French New Wave directors initially collaborated and assisted each other, which helped in the development of a common and distinct use of form, style and narrative, which was to make their work instantly recognizable.
The characters in French New Wave films are often marginalized, young anti-heroes and loners, with no family ties, who behave spontaneously, often act immorally and are frequently seen as anti-authoritarian.
The French New Wave directors took advantage of the new technology that was available to them in the late 1950s, which enabled them to work on location rather than in the studio.
ourworld.compuserve.com /homepages/Stephen_Nottingham/cintxt2.htm   (1843 words)

  
 Reason magazine -- July 1998
French economic and cultural activities were now to serve the interests of the government, not the interests of consumers or artists.
French filmmakers preferred the artistic atmosphere of occupied France to that of Vichy, and by 1942 few French filmmakers were left in Vichy except for paid propagandists.
Cinema taxes were lowered in the 1970s with the introduction of the value added tax, but the tax still ranges from 17 percent to 19 percent, on top of the normal VAT rate of 14.5 percent, with an extra 4 percent for X-rated movies.
reason.com /9807/fe.cowen.shtml   (4721 words)

  
 Unifrance - Promoting French cinema worldwide
From November 23 through 27 this year, Unifrance President Margaret Menegoz will lead a delegation of 25 French creative crew members and industry professionals attending the 3rd Franco-Mexican Film Festival, to be held simultaneously in two multiplexes belonging to the Cinepolis chain.
French actor Christian Clavier has accepted to travel to Russia with Unifrance to present a preview screening of "The Antidote" on November 8 in Moscow.
This film becomes thus the biggest French title to be put up for sale this year.
www.unifrance.org /home.asp?langue=21002   (252 words)

  
 French Realism & Cinema Verite
This was in direct contradistinction to another French film of the period “Trip to the Moon” which was an overt fantasy and one of the first science fiction films ever made.
Cinema verite is part of the broader artistic tradition of realism and the cinematic tradition of documentary film making.
Realism and cinema verite try to show man as he is and the world as it is because the film maker often has a social conscience and sometimes a political agenda.
www.parlez-vous.com /misc/realism.htm   (975 words)

  
 UW Press - : A History of the French New Wave Cinema, Richard Neupert
The commercial French cinema was regularly condemned in the popular press as teetering, gasping, and even suffering from hardening of the arteries.
Understanding this general sentiment of a French cinema that had lost its cultural significance and artistic edge helps one appreciate that the arrival of what would be announced as a "wave" of new young directors really was an exciting change and even a victory for journalists and film buffs.
French theater and literature were already changing dramatically during the 1950s, and their shifts away from pre­World War II concerns toward more modern, often theoretically influenced modes of presentation strongly affected the personnel as well as the audiences of nouvelle vague films.
www.wisc.edu /wisconsinpress/Presskits/Neupertpresskit.html   (4712 words)

  
 Cinema of France -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
As the advent of (A telecommunication system that transmits images of objects (stationary or moving) between distant points) television threatened the life of (A theater where films are shown) cinema itself, countries were faced with the problem of reviving cinema-going.
As a consequence, French movies have to be amortized on a relatively small market and thus generally have budgets far lower than their American counterparts, ruling out expensive settings and (An effect used to produce scenes that cannot be achieved by normal techniques (especially on film)) special effects.
Interestingly, the once prospering filmmaking industry of countries such as (A republic in southern Europe on the Italian Peninsula; was the core of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire between the 4th century BC and the 5th century AD) Italy has now largely been eliminated.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/c/ci/cinema_of_france.htm   (1955 words)

  
 FRENCH CINEMA OF THE 1930'S - Novelist Graham Greene
FRENCH CINEMA OF THE 1930'S - Novelist Graham Greene
So in Hôtel du Nord we believe in the desperate lovers and the suicide pact on the brass bed in the shabby room, just because of the bicyclists on the quay, the pimp quarrelling with his woman in another room, and the first-Communion party on the ground floor with its irrelevant and unsuitable conversation.
And the French novelist taught the French cinema too the immense importance of the careful accessory: the ugly iron bridge down which the lovers silently and sadly emerge into our lives: the tuft of cotton-wool in the young man's ear which seem to speak of a whole timid and untidy life."
www.inblackandwhite.com /FrenchFilmsv2.0/greenealt.html   (592 words)

  
 French Culture | Cinema | French Cinema in the USA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The French gangster classic starring Lino Ventura and Jean-Paul Belmondo, now in a new 35mm print, subtitled in English for the first time.
French actress Isabelle Huppert is honoreed with a twenty-five film retrospective, which opens with the American premiere of her most recent film, Gabrielle (2005).
French new wave icon Jean-Pierre Léaud stars as Paul, an idealistic would-be intellectual struggling to forge a relationship with adorable pop star Madeleine (real-life yé-yé girl Chantal Goya).
www.frenchculture.org /cinema   (1002 words)

  
 French cinema is back in vogue | csmonitor.com
Record numbers of French moviegoers stormed cinemas to see a rich variety of films produced by a domestic film industry that has reinvented itself as both a substitute for, and an alternative to, American films.
French hits such as the farce "The Closet," the Hitchcockian thriller "With a Friend Like Harry," the Juliette Binoche drama "The Widow of Saint Pierre," and the acclaimed comedy "Va Savoir!" have cumulatively grossed more than $17.5 million in the United States this year.
A few French directors are shooting films in English, such as the recent "Enemy at the Gates," and the upcoming $26 million "Bob Morane," a film adaptation of an action-TV series.
www.csmonitor.com /2001/1109/p13s1-almo.html   (1200 words)

  
 French cinema   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Now, three years down the line, French cinema is struggling to capitalize on the boom year that was 2001.
Overall, French cinema admissions last year were down about 6% to 174 million, and that has local industry chiefs pondering whether the 2003 figures were the result of a bad crop of movies, the tough overall economy or evidence of a paradigm shift in movie consumption: the stay-at-home movie buff.
While French producers are increasingly looking abroad for finance partners, they face new competition on their home turf.
www.hollywoodreporter.com /thr/icopyright_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=2072382   (1588 words)

  
 French Cinema: Reviews and Articles about Selected Films in the UC Berkeley Libraries
French cinema of the occupation and resistance: the birth of a critical esthetic / Andre Bazin; collected and with an introd.
French cinema in the 1980s: nostalgia and the crisis of masculinity / Phil Powrie.
Almost two-thirds of the students admitted to French film academies are women and noted actresses such as Daniele Delorme, Isabelle Adjani and Jeanne Moreau have been active in governmental aid to French cinema.
www.lib.berkeley.edu /MRC/frenchbib.html   (11184 words)

  
 Truffaut's The 400 Blows
A cinema that clearly attests to Alexander Astruc's "camero stylo " view of cinema: "The filmmaker/author writes with his camera as a writer writes with his pen." A cinema that speaks of ordinary experiences and situations, fragile individuals, daily recognisable language and emotions where the director displays a non-superior relationship to his characters.
Consequently, French New Wave films (including Truffaut's films) value a cinema that does not follow in the steps of an "old cinema", but instead features the human sensibility of the director-writer creating an art that is noted for its spontaneity, improvisation and obsessions.
Truffaut's life and cinema sum up the intricate complexities of a seminal European auteur whose films form a trajectory from a rebellious boy to a mature literary-inflected filmmaker whose existential vision of creativity, human emotions and social reality encapsulates a highly sympathetic and passionate belief in the utopian possibilities of love and understanding.
www.sensesofcinema.com /contents/00/6/blows.html   (1950 words)

  
 La Nouvelle Vague / French New Wave   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Love it or hate it, it cannot be denied that the new wave of film directors of the late1950s and early 1960s left their mark on French cinema.
One of the defining films of the French New Wave, Vivre sa vie is a pot-pourri of poetry and irony, a film which, despite its unconventional form, both captivates and shocks its audience.
Varda's finest work is this poignant reflection on the meaning of life, told from the perspective of a woman who realises she is about to lose everything.
frenchfilms.topcities.com /Best_Nouvelle_Vague.html   (1160 words)

  
 Pave France - The British Need More Parking
Whereas the visitation of a natural disaster on America demonstrated to the French press's satisfaction the failure and heartlessness of America, the social disaster visited on France by France is simply 'mort pour rien' riots.
The French foreign ministry has sought to distance itself from the two, saying it had nothing to do with their "private activities" -- despite Boidevaux telling Le Monde that he had been in "constant touch" with the ministry, which he said was fully aware of his Iraqi activities.
French politicos, when caught, protest their innocence until their dying day, blame everyone else, argue they are blameless little fish, and demand their full pensions.
www.pavefrance.com   (8412 words)

  
 FCS310Y - French Cinema
French cinema of the occupation and resistance: the birth of a critical esthetic.
French cinema in the 1980s: nostalgia and the crisis of masculinity.
Cinema and the second sex: women's filmmaking in France in the 1980s and 1990s.
www.utoronto.ca /innis/library/frenchfilm.html   (956 words)

  
 French culture | cinema : Alain Resnais Biography
Born in 1922, Alain Resnais is a legendary French director, a leader of the Nouvelle Vague (New Wave) of unorthodox, influential film directors appearing in France in the late 1950s.
The orientation of this group is opposite to that of the Cahiers du Cinéma subsection of the New Wave, which tended toward a politically quietist anarchism and drew upon a deliberately conventional, often Roman Catholic, bourgeois culture--and whose editorial offices were in the fashionable Champs-élysées across the Seine.
Though less well publicized and far less prolific, the "Left Bank" group (of whom Resnais was the spearhead) anticipated the political upheavals of Paris in 1968 and has dominated French cinema culture from the late 1960s.
www.info-france-usa.org /culture/cinema/festival/resnais/bio.html   (603 words)

  
 French Institute Alliance Française, New York City | French Classes | Library | Cultural Events | French Films, ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
French Institute Alliance Française, New York City
French Films, Theater, Florence Gould Hall Theater Rental and more !
Act French: A Season of New Theater From France
www.fiaf.org   (200 words)

  
 ScreenSite » Forums » Research » Calls for Papers and Etc. » Popular Contemporary French Cinema   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
French cinema has witnessed a change in its fortunes in recent years, with a number of super-productions surpassing Hollywood blockbusters in terms of domestic box-office receipts.
Consequently, they raise important questions about notions of a national and 'popular' French cinema which this conference aims to address and explore.
Proposals of twenty minutes papers, to be delivered in either English or French, should be submitted in the form of a 300 word abstract by 31st August 2005.
www.screensite.org /ftopict-543.html   (571 words)

  
 University of Oregon Libraries Guide to French Literature and Cinema   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Knight Library has many French and bilingual dictionaries, both in the Reference section on the first floor and in the stacks on the third floor.
Guide to the Cinema(s) of Canada KNIGHT REFERENCE PN 1993.5.C2 Includes a chronology of Canadian films from 1914-1997, an alphabetical list of films and filmmakers, a list of "100 Other Notable Canadian Filmmakers and Actors," a list of award-winning and "10 Best" films from various years, a bilingual bibliography, and an index.
Includes a chronology of French history from the Middle Ages to the 19th century, as well as supplementary write-ups that can be searched by theme.
libweb.uoregon.edu /guides/french   (1875 words)

  
 Amazon.co.uk: French Cinema: a Student's Guide: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present; Hardcover ~ Remi Fournier Lanzoni
The study of French cinema has greatly expanded in recent years, as it is increasingly taught alongside literature in modern language departments.
This book, written by two leading scholars of French film, offers students an introduction to the history and theory of French cinema.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/0340760044   (404 words)

  
 The French cinema's band of outsiders
The French New Wave films of the late 1950s through the 1960s supplied the caffeine for the cinema frenzy among young Americans in the '60s and '70s, resulting in now-prosperous film schools and repertory cinemas like the Welles, which are mostly gone.
We seem pretty far from a cinema inspired by the poetry of Paul Eluard and the films of Nicholas Ray, or incorporating the conscious confluence of Roland Barthes, Hitchcock, Marcuse, Balzac, Jean Renoir, Picasso and Chaplin.
This was the first cinema to show the influence of movies themselves in behavior and perception, and the audience was in on the joke.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2002/12/22/RV123016.DTL   (753 words)

  
 OFFOFFOFF film festival RENDEZVOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA French
Based on the impressions created by this year's annual Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at Lincoln Center, "the French, they are still a funny race," to paraphrase the naughty poem.
A fairly standard French boulevard sex farce set to music, "PslB" features many of the "SOS" stars, including Sabine Azéma (Resnais's real-life "companion") as the film's leading lady, Gilberte, Pierre Arditi as her trusting and debonair, but foolhardy, husband Georges, and Lambert Wilson as Eric, a prudish American businessman.
The self-consciously empty "Twentynine Palms," by the French director of "The Life of Jesus" and "Humanité," is almost two hours of anti-American tedium punctuated by twenty minutes of random badness.
www.offoffoff.com /film/2004/french.php   (1096 words)

  
 FOCUS PUBLISHING ~ French Language
Includes the history of the origins of French film, an explanation of how to analyze a film, a lexicon of French cinema terms, and an analysis of 17 major masterpieces of French filmmaking.
For purchasing or renting the films in Apprentisage du Cinéma Français and Cinema for French Conversation: Information for finding the films to rent or purchase can be found here.
Each module consists of a text for students and an extensive instructor's manual for use in presenting the film, and includes aids for watching the film, questions and exercises in discussing and writing about the film, and materials to help the student understand the film in a broader cultural context.
www.pullins.com /txt/french.htm   (1079 words)

  
 French Cinema - Reviews
The idea of a film with industrial espionage and virtual worlds as a background is rather exciting in principal.
Directed by Francis Veber known for La Cage aux Folles, the movie is an adaptation of a famous French, Le Dîner des Cons play featuring some of the actors of the original play.
When you think about French cinema, gore films don't exactly come to mind.
www.plume-noire.com /movies/reviews/french1.html   (636 words)

  
 French culture | Cinema   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The nonprint collection of French cinema in the University of North Carolina undergraduate library.
Excellent presentation of a century of French cinema.
Comprehensive resources for cinema and audiovisual research, including organizations, databases, publications, and lectures.
www.frenchculture.org /links/cinema/dir.html   (293 words)

  
 French Cinema   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Review general sources on cinema that include and/or focus on figures from French film by using the reference resources available on the 3rd floor of the library in the information commons.
Masterworks of the French Cinema (PN 1997.A1M25 1974)
Note: When using websites where items are available for sale, think about how this relates to the validity of the site as an objective source of information.
www.trinity.edu /bharris/frenchcinema.htm   (796 words)

  
 The French Cinema Book   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The French Cinema Book is an accessible and innovative survey of key topics in French cinema from the 1890s to the twenty-first century.
The French Cinema Book is addressed to all lovers of French cinema, students and teachers, specialists and fans.
REPRESENTATIONS: The Geography and Topography of French Cinema
ucpress.org /books/bfi/pages/PROD0453.html   (416 words)

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