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French Costume Drama of the 1950s


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Part One Contexts Setting out the terrain: Genre and history Setting out the terrain: Technologies, technicians and stars Part Two
Belle Epoque Mania: Paris, the Provinces and Biopics Belle Epoque films: An overview Parisian society of the Belle Epoque through film Truth and lies and the pursuit of marriage: Love-intrigues outside Paris Making li(v)es: Belle Epoque biopics Part Three
Representing History: Epics, Courtesans and Master Narratives 1796-1888 Setting the terrain: France 1796-1888 Representing History: 1796-1814 Napoleon Bonaparte/Napoleon Restoration-July Monarchy: 1814-1848 Epic Grandeur: Part One, Philanthropists Epic Grandeur: Part Two, Avengers From the Second and the Third Republic: Innovation, Corruption and New Identities The Second Empire in the Pink The Second Empire in the Raw From Empire to Republic: A Modernised France Emerging Censoring the Classics: Bel-Ami Louis Daquin (1954; released 1957) Part Four
Fairytales, Foxy Women and Swashbuckling Heroes Costume Drama from late-Medieval to the Eighteenth Century: An Overview Mysterious Microcosms: Three Fairytales Foxy Women: Queens, Mistresses and Minxes Swashbuckling Heroes Conclusion

About the Author

Susan Hayward's principal areas of research are French film studies and French cultural studies. Her approach is interdisciplinary, cross-fertilising between film studies, critical theory, television studies, video practice and cultural studies. She is the editor of Studies in French Cinema, also published by Intellect (2001).


"This may be the best film book of the year, and it is certainly the most minutely researched."--Choice-- "Choice" (6/1/2011 12:00:00 AM)

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