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Republic of Images: History of French Filmmaking Hardcover – 23 Apr 1992


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The history of French cinema is the history of cinema.--Nestor Almendros --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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To tell the story of this small but highly visible and influential sector of French cinema requires also to tell the larger story of the industry which allowed-in fact, encouraged- its creation. And so this book includes a great deal of information on French film production in general, particularly at the moments of economic and moral crisis which seem to scan its history, like a strange rhyme scheme, every decade or decade and a half. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The reference 3 Oct. 2010
By Joseph Mai - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm writing this because I notice this book is rated lower than the Lanzoni book on the same national cinema. I find this utterly perturbing, not because of whatever merits or demerits the Lanzoni book may have, but because Alan Williams book is a true breakthrough in the field of French film studies. It is a model of historical research, filled with a respectful love of its subject. Williams does not play favorites, he is inclusive, yet utterly readable and fair, without ignoring somewhat marginal figures. He can deliver in one or two paragraphs the essentials of a filmmaker's career. Even when Williams is subjective his comments are dead on. His story unfolds and unfolds, from 17th-century theater to the 1980's. He provides the theory as it develops. The only knock one could have on it is that it stops early, having of course been published in 1992.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent portrayal of the chronology of French Films 4 Oct. 1999
By sum01@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Williams takes the reader on an exotic journey of the landscape of French Filmmaking. Williams situates French film movements against the backdrop of the simultaneous and pioneering innovations both in France and the United States that eventually led to the film revolution. Williams' lucid writing provides both beginners and seasoned film analysts with insights about the influence French films on world cinema.
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