Decentring France: Multilingualism and Power in Contemporary French Cinema (Hardback)Gemma King (author)
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Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 232
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
'Starting off with a brief overview of French cinema from the silent period to the present, King then focuses on eight films that are both multicultural and multilingual, and examines how the use of Kurdish, Tamil, Arabic and other languages within these films empowers the cultures they represent as well as the languages themselves. King argues that by refusing to "center" the French language in contemporary French cinema, these films - among them Jacques Audiard's Dheepan (2015) and Un prophete (2009), Laurent Cantet's Entre les murs (2008), Philippe Lioret's Welcome (2009) - force cinemagoers into a deeper engagement with issues of class, race, nationality, and cultural privilege.'
G. A. Foster, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, CHOICE, October 2018, Vol. 56, No. 2
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