The Social Architecture of French Cinema
Margaret C. Flinn
Margaret C. Flinn is Assistant Professor of French at Ohio State University.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction: An Architecture of Social Being 1. The Spatial Constitution of 1930s Documentary 3. René Clair’s City Views: Realism and Studio Paris 3. Intertext and Political Margins in Jean Renoir’s Boudu sauvé des eaux 4. Traversing Built History in Architectural Documentaries 5. Flâneuses and the Unmaking of Place 6. The Crowd as New Monumentality during the Popular Front Epilogue: Poetic Realism as Spatial Fable Notes Bibliography Index
This is a stimulating and forcefully argued book that clears the ground for future scholarship on the social politicity of art.
Ioana Vartolomei Pribiag, SubStance
Flinn’s book is a valuable and original contribution to research on one of the most important periods of French film history.
Edward Ousselin French Review
With a comprehensive bibliography, readable style, and pertinent screengrabs, this book opens up new pathways for understanding and appreciating the complex terrain of 1930s French cinema.
French Studies Vol. 69 No. 3
An intellectually ambitious project that brings together film history and architecture ... and a valuable contribution to scholarship on French cinema of the 1930s.
First-rate... Flinn adopts a well-argued and innovative interdisciplinary approach and selects an intriguing corpus of films - some, notably Boudu, well-known and widely accessible, others much harder to view, but well described and contextualized.
University of Glasgow
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: July 22, 2014
Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 34