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Framing the Nation: Documentary Film in Interwar France (Hardback)
  • Framing the Nation: Documentary Film in Interwar France (Hardback)

Framing the Nation: Documentary Film in Interwar France (Hardback)

Hardback 238 Pages / Published: 22/04/2010
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Framing the Nation: Documentary Film in Interwar France argues that, between World Wars I and II, documentary film made a substantial contribution to the rewriting of the French national narrative to include rural France and the colonies. The book mines a significant body of virtually unknown films and manuscripts for their insight into revisions of French national identity in the aftermath of the Great War. From 1918 onwards, government institutions sought to advance social programs they believed were crucial to national regeneration. They turned to documentary film, a new form of mass communication, to do so. Many scholars of French film state that the French made no significant contribution to documentary film prior to the Vichy period. Using until now overlooked films, Framing the Nation refutes this misconception and shows that the French were early and active believers in the uses of documentary film for social change - and these films reached audiences far beyond the confines of commercial cinema circuits in urban areas.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780826431875
Number of pages: 238
Weight: 512 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 14 mm


"Murray Levine traces the rise of nonfiction educational film in France during the 1920s, and the impact of the new genre on society. Film historians assert that the overall contribution of France to the development of documentary film was negligible before World War II, but she argues that the interwar examples were in fact of great importance then and remain of great interest now. Her topics include truth peddling, educational film in rural France, educational film in the French colonies, filming the French regions, filming colonial France, and the Vichy propaganda machine." -Eithne O'Leyne, BOOK NEWS, Inc.

"Framing the Nation" is a most welcome publication. Interwar documentary has previously been overwhelmingly and undeservedly neglected by scholars of French film. This book makes up for that neglect in no uncertain terms. It is lucid, thoroughly researched and insightful. The productive way it is able to bring together text and context, ideology and political economy is quietly impressive and the kind of prehistory it provides for later and better known French documentary makes it required reading.
Martin O'Shaughnessy, Professor in Film Studies, Nottingham Trent University

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