Republic of images: a history of French filmmaking

Book Cover
Publisher:
Harvard University Press,
Pub. Date:
1992.
Language:
English
Description

Chronicling one of the greatest and most popular national cinemas, Republic of Images traces the evolution of French filmmaking from 1895--the year of the debut of the Cinematographe in Paris--to the present day. Alan Williams offers a unique synthesis of history, biography, aesthetics and film theory. He brings to life all of the major directors, setting before us the cultures from which they emerged, and sheds new light on the landmark films they created. He distills what is historically and artistically unique in each of their careers and reveals what each artist has in common with the forebears and heirs of the craft.

Within the larger story of French cinema, Williams examines the treasury of personal expression, social commentary, and aesthetic exploration that France has produced so consistently and exported so well. It is the tale of an industry rife with crises, and Williams offers a superb narrative of the economic, political, and social forces that have shaped its century-long history. He provides biographical sketches of filmmakers from the early pioneers of the silent era such as Louis Lumière and Alice Guy to modern directors such as Louis Malle, Claude Chabrol, and François Truffaut. Some of their careers, he shows, exemplify the significant contributions individuals made to the development of French fllmmaking; others yield illuminating evidence of the problems and opportunities of a whole generation of filmmakers. Throughout, he presents critical analyses of significant films, from The Assassination of the Duc de Guise (1908) to works by the post- nouvelle vague directors.

Williams captures the formal and stylistic developments of film in France over nearly one hundred years. Free of cant and jargon, Republic of Images is the best general account available of the rich interplay of film, filmmaker, and society. It will delight both general reader and student, as well as the viewer en route to the video store.

Also in This Series
More Like This
More Copies In Prospector
Loading Prospector Copies...
More Details
ISBN:
9780674762671
9780674762688
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID56a493f9-0d9c-b496-db1d-6b8103f3cba8
Grouping Titlerepublic of images a history of french filmmaking
Grouping Authorwilliams alan larson
Grouping Categorybook
Last Grouping Update2018-10-10 01:06:21AM
Last Indexed2020-01-26 02:49:35AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value0
accelerated_reader_reading_level0
authorWilliams, Alan Larson.
author_displayWilliams, Alan Larson
available_at_cmcCMC Steamboat Campus
detailed_location_cmcCMC Steamboat Campus
display_description
format_category_cmcBooks
format_cmcBook
id56a493f9-0d9c-b496-db1d-6b8103f3cba8
isbn9780674762671
9780674762688
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:.b10804286.i19765204CMC Steamboat CampusPN1993.5.F7 W55 19921falsefalseOn Shelfcms
itype_cmcBook
last_indexed2020-01-26T09:49:35.876Z
lexile_score-1
literary_formNon Fiction
literary_form_fullNon Fiction
local_callnumber_cmcPN1993.5.F7 W55 1992
owning_library_cmcColorado Mountain College
owning_location_cmcCMC Steamboat Campus
primary_isbn9780674762671
publishDate1992
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:.b10804286BookBooksEnglishHarvard University Press, 1992.xii, 458 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_cmc
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b10804286.i19765204On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue64, 65, 61, 62, 63
subject_facetMotion pictures -- France -- History
title_displayRepublic of images : a history of French filmmaking
title_fullRepublic of images : a history of French filmmaking / Alan Williams
title_shortRepublic of images
title_suba history of French filmmaking
topic_facetHistory
Motion pictures