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The social architecture of French cinema, 1929-39

Author: Margaret C Flinn
Publisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2014.
Series: Contemporary French and francophone cultures, 34.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
From the fleetingly captured street scenes of the city symphony, to the meticulously reconstructed studio city of musical comedies; from the propagandistic Popular Front documentaries about construction workers, to poetic realism's bittersweet portraits of populist neighbourhoods: 'Social Architecture' explores the construction, representation, and experience of spaces and places in French documentary and realist  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret C Flinn
ISBN: 9781781380338 1781380333
OCLC Number: 963619416
Description: x, 244 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: An architecture of social being --
The spatial constitution of 1930s documentary --
René Clair's city views: realism and Studio Paris --
Intertext and political margins in Jean Renoir's Boudu Sauvé des Eaux --
Traversing built history in architectural documentaries --
Flâneuses and the unmaking of place --
The crowd as new monumentality during the popular front --
Epilogue: Poetic realism as spatial fable.
Series Title: Contemporary French and francophone cultures, 34.
Responsibility: Margaret C. Flinn.


This book provides a vital new reading of documentary and realist fiction film of the French 1930s that focuses on how these genres interlock their representations of urban spaces and places.  Read more...


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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 Read more...

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