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by Naomi Greene

Category: Movies
Subcategory: Humour and Entertainment
Author: Naomi Greene
ISBN: 0691004757
ISBN13: 978-0691004754
Language: English
Publisher: Princeton University Press; Text is Free of Markings edition (March 29, 1999)
Pages: 240
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Naomi Greene is Professor Emeritus of French and Film Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Naomi Greene is Professor Emeritus of French and Film Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Pier Paolo Pasolini: Cinema as Heresy (Princeton) and Antonin Artaud: Poet without Words (Simon & Schuster) and is the translator of Marc Ferro's Cinema and History (Wayne State University Press).

In Landscapes of Loss, Naomi Greene makes new sense of the rich variety of postwar French films by exploring the obsession with the national past that has characterized French cinema since the late 1960s. Observing that the sense of grandeur and destiny that once shaped French identity has eroded under the weight of recent history, Greene examines the ways in which French cinema has represented traumatic and defining moments of the nation's past: the political battles of the 1930s, the Vichy era, decolonization, the collapse of ideologies. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

Naomi Greene is Professor Emeritus of French and Film Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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In "Landscapes of Loss," Naomi Greene makes new sense of the rich variety of postwar French films by exploring the obsession with the national past that has characterized French cinema since the late 1960s.

InLandscapes of Loss,Naomi Greene makes new sense of the rich variety of postwar French films by exploring the obsession with the national past that has characterized French cinema since the late 1960s.

In Landscapes of Loss, Naomi Greene makes new sense of the rich variety of postwar French films by exploring the obsession with the national past that has characterized French cinema since the late 1960s. Observing that the sense of grandeur and destiny that once shaped French identity has eroded under the weight of recent history, Greene examines the ways in which French cinema has represented traumatic and defining moments of the nation's past: the political battles of the 1930s, the Vichy era, decolonization, the collapse of ideologies. Drawing upon a broad spectrum of films and directors, she shows how postwar films have reflected contemporary concerns even as they have created images and myths that have helped determine the contours of French memory.

This study of the intricate links between French history, memory, and cinema begins by examining the long shadow cast by the Vichy past: the repressed memories and smothered unease that characterize the cinema of Alain Resnais are seen as a kind of prelude to a fierce battle for national memory that marked so-called rétro films of the 1970s and 1980s. The shifting political and historical perspectives toward the nation's more distant past, which also emerged in these years, are explored in the light of the films of one of France's leading directors, Bertrand Tavernier. Finally, the mood of nostalgia and melancholy that appears to haunt contemporary France is analyzed in the context of films about the nation's imperial past as well as those that hark back to a "golden age," a remembered paradis perdu, of French cinema itself.

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The way in which every European country after the WW2 reacted facing the inner and outer demons the bloody traces sealed in upon the collective unconscious, evidently varied from nation in nation. While Italy decided to make a profound revision of its own nature (The Italian Neo-realism) or Germany (supported by a marvelous literary movement and the extraordinary raising of memorable directors such as Fassbinder, Herzog, Wenders, Kluge, Schlondorff or Aldon), France due in great part to their multiple artistic tendencies, didn't' t react as it were, unanimously on the same way. United Kingdom bet for profound dramas (The 49th Parallel, The rocking horse winner, A brief encounter, The fallen idol, The third man, Great expectations, Nicolas Nickelby) and then during the fifties, bet for the comedy, obtaining marvelous results (The lavender hill mob, Kind hearts and cornets, The man in the white suit, The lady-killers or The Hobson's choice) with the raising trajectory of the most important British director David lean.

Marcel Carne, after his extraordinary cinematography before and during the WW2 with unforgettable films such as The night visitors, Port of shadows, Le jour se leve or his masterpiece The children of paradise) knew to maintain the poetic gaze with marked realist accent such Le ports de la nuit or Theresa Raquin (based on Emile Zola's novel).

On the other hand Jean Renoir turned his acidic works into major horizons (The river, Elena and the men, The French Can Can or the Elusive corporal).

But meanwhile a literary movement of a new generation of young promises -led by the legendary Andre Bazin- (Erik Rohmer, Claude Chabrol, Francois Truffaut, Jean Luc Goddard or Robert Bresson) brandished their ideas in a newness magazine named Cahiers de Cinema, that generated the most original movement based on simple themes of the reality, best known as The French New Wave, that produced among them different creative perspectives and nourished at the same time new arguments Robert Bresson was the most independent filmmaker among all of them and demonstrated the astonishing profundity of thinking like nobody else. Something similar it would happen with Rohmer who walked over with incisive and brilliant works and Chabrol that developed to transit by a sort of anguishing cinematography (The butcher or Que la bete meure). Max Ophlus is an apart case, but inside his spirit nestled his major work that would dazzle the world in 1972 The sorrow and the pity. And other four important protagonists are worthy to mention: Rene Clement with a very personal aesthetics (Forbidden games, Purple noon, Is Paris burning?), Jean Pierre Melville an emblematic and versatile master of the direction, who transited through many different ways of expression, Alan Resnais, the most eclectic French filmmaker ever born with an existential proposal (Night and frog, Hiroshima mon amour or The last year in Mariembad) and finally the talented and more attached to the narrative traditionalism Jean Delanoy ( The Pastoral Symphony, Marie Antoinette or the Hunchback of Notre dame).

The marvelous insights behind stages, the French ethos and the unknown details that determined this important movement of filmmakers are expressed with sobriety, passion and eloquence, engaging the most exigent reader thanks its lucid prose.

A text that it must be part of any serious artistic library.
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