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Contemporary French cinema: An introduction Paperback – Illustrated, 12 Dec 2008
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"Crisp, up-to-date and well-informed, Guy Austin's book traces cinematic attitudes to national identity, sexuality, the changing 'polar' (thriller) and heritage ... A novelty is his treatment of the 'cinema du look', comprised by the films of Jean-Jacques Beineix, Luc Besson and Leos Carax, contextualised here by writings from French critics." --"Sight and Sound" (on the first edition)
“Crisp, up-to-date and well-informed, Guy Austin's book traces cinematic attitudes to national identity, sexuality, the changing 'polar' (thriller) and heritage ... A novelty is his treatment of the 'cinéma du look', comprised by the films of Jean-Jacques Beineix, Luc Besson and Léos Carax, contextualised here by writings from French critics." --"Sight and Sound" (on the first edition)
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Guy Austin is Reader in French at the University of Sheffield.
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If you want to learn about the French cinema in its social, political and cultural context then you can start with this book. Then if you can read in French you would perhaps read "Histoire du cinéma français" by Jean-Pierre Jeancolas which is again an easy access introduction and finally you may be tempted to read a bigger book although again easy reading such as "French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present" by Remi Fournier Lanzoni.
I had heard about 3 years ago that Prof. Austin was going to update this book, I don't know if he has done that or not yet. If he has, so please try the new one, otherwise this one is still very good.
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It provides a nice overview of French cinema, and lots of relevant examples, from which I can choose cinematic clips to illustrate the points.
It's an easy read and includes some photos.
I'm glad there is a new edition that will have some updated material as well.