Paris is the most iconic and frequently painted, photographed and filmed city in the world. Paris in the Cinema: Beyond the Flâneur offers a new approach to the representation of Paris on screen. Bringing together a wide range of renowned French and Anglophone specialists in film, history, architecture and literature, Alastair Phillips and Ginette Vincendeau introduce, challenge and extend ideas about the city as the locus of screen modernity.
Through a range of concrete and historically-specific case studies, this vibrant collection:
• provides innovative angles on how films deploy the French capital beyond its function as glamorous background
• explores how filmmakers both construct and recycle its status as an ‘iconic capital’
• considers the specific identities of Parisians on screen
• demonstrates how the cinematic city of Paris now constitutes a major archive of French cultural history and memory.
Fresh andengaging, this fascinating resource will appeal to all students, scholars and lovers of French cinema and the capital city that comprises its major home.