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FR207 Further Reading

Film analysis and theory

  • Jacques Aumont and Michel Marie, L'Analyse des films, Paris, Nathan, 1989
  • André Bazin, Qu'est-ce que le cinéma?, 4 vols, Paris, éditions du Cerf, 1958–61
  • David Bordwell, Narration in the Fiction Film, London, Methuen, 1985
  • David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, Film Art: An Introduction, Reading, Mass., Addison-Wesley, 1979
  • Michel Chion, La Voix au cinéma, Paris, Editions de l'étoile, 1982
  • Michel Chion, Le Son au cinéma, Paris, Editions de l'étoile, 1985
  • Richard Dyer, Stars, London, BFI, 1979
  • Steve Neale, Genre, London, BFI, 1980
  • Steve Neale, Cinema and Technology: Image, Sound, Colour, London, Macmillan, 1985
  • Constance Penley (ed.), Feminism and Film Theory, London, BFI/Routledge, 1988
  • Karel Reisz and Gavin Millar, The Technique of Film Editing, London, Focal Press, 1968

French Cinema History

  • Dudley Andrew, André Bazin, New York, Oxford University Press, 1978
  • Dudley Andrew, Mists of Regret: Culture and Sensibility in Classic French Film, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1995
  • Guy Austin, Contemporary French cinema: an introduction, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 1996
  • Tim Bergfelder, Sue Harris, and Sarah Street, Film Architecture and the Transnational Imagination: Set Design In 1930s European cinema, Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 2007 (useful for films of René Clair)
  • Pierre Billard, L'Age classique du cinéma français: du cinéma parlant à la Nouvelle Vague, Paris Flammarion, 1995
  • Pierre Billard, L'Age moderne du cinéma français: de la Nouvelle Vague à nos jours, Paris, Flammarion, 1995
  • Robin Buss, The French Through Their Films, London, Batsford, 1988
  • Francis Courtade, Les Malédictions du cinéma français: une histoire du cinéma français parlant: 1928–78, Paris, Editions Alain Moreau, 1978
  • Colin Crisp, The Classic French Cinema 1930-1960, Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 1993
  • Jill Forbes, The Cinema in France: After the New Wave, London, Macmillan, 1992
  • Hugo Frey, Nationalism and The Cinema in France: Political Mythologies and Film Events, 1945-1995, London: Berghahn, 2014.
  • François Garçon, De Blum à Pétain: cinéma et société 1936–44, Paris, Editions du Cerf, 1984
  • Claude Gauteur and Ginette Vincendeau, Jean Gabin, anatomie d'un mythe, Paris, éditions Nathan, 1993
  • Susan Hayward and Ginette Vincendeau (eds), French Film: Texts and Contexts, London, Routledge, second edition, 2000 (essays on Renoir, Carné, Godard, Varda, many others)
  • Susan Hayward, French National Cinema, London, Routledge, 1993
  • Alex Hughes and James S. Williams, Gender and French Cinema, Oxford, Berg, 2001
  • Jean-Pierre Jeancolas, Le Cinéma des Français: la Ve République (1958–78), Paris, Stock, 1979
  • Jean-Pierre Jeancolas, 15 ans d'années trente: le cinéma des Français 1929–1944, Paris, Stock, 1983
  • Raphaelle Moine, Hilary Radner, Alistair Fox & Michel Marie (eds), A New Companion to Contemporary French Cinema, Chichester:John Wiley: 2014.
  • James Monaco, The New Wave: Truffaut, Godard, Chabrol, Rohmer, Rivette, New York, OUP, 1976
  • Phil Powrie, French Cinema in the 1980s: Nostalgia and the Crisis of Masculinity, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1997
  • René Prédal, Le Cinéma français contemporain, Paris, Editions du Cerf, 1984
  • Marie-Claire Ropars-Wuilleumier, L'Écran de la mémoire: essais de lecture cinématographique, Paris, Seuil, 1970
  • Pierre Sorlin, European Cinemas, European Societies 1939–1990, London, Routledge, 1991
  • Elizabeth Strebel, French Social Cinema of the Nineteen-Thirties, New York, 1983
  • Carrie Tarr (with Brigitte Rollet), Cinema and the Second Sex: Women's Film-Making in France in the 1980s and 1990s, London, Continuum, 2001
  • Allen Thiher, The Cinematic Muse: Critical Studies in the History of French Cinema, London, University of Missouri Press, 1979
  • Ginette Vincendeau and Keith Reader (eds.), La Vie est à nous: French Cinema of the Popular Front 1935–1938, London, BFI, 1986
  • Ginette Vincendeau, ‘Community, Nostalgia and the Spectacle of Masculinity: the Jean Gabin Persona in Films from the Popular Front Period’, Screen, 26, 6, November-December 1985
  • Ginette Vincendeau, Stars and Stardom in French Cinema, London: Continuum, 2000
  • Alan Williams, Republic of Images: A History of French Cinema, Harvard, University of Harvard Press, 1992

Directors

Jean-Jacques Beineix
  • Phil Powrie, Jean-Jacques Beineix, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2001
Bertrand Blier
  • Sue Harris, Bertrand Blier, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2001.
Robert Bresson
  • Robert Bresson, Notes sur le cinématographe, Paris, Gallimard, 1975
  • Philippe Arnaud, Robert Bresson, Paris, Cahiers du cinéma, 1986
  • Ian Cameron (ed.), The Films of Robert Bresson, London, 1969
  • Lindley Hanlon, Fragments: Bresson's Film Style, London, Associated University Presses, 1988
  • Michel Estève, Robert Bresson, la passion du cinématographe, Paris, Albatros, 1983
  • Tony Pipolo, Robert Bresson: A Passion for Film, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Brian Price, Neither God Nor Master: Robert Bresson and Radical Politics, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011.
  • Keith Reader, Robert Bresson, Manchester University Press, 2000
  • Paul Schrader, Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1972
Marcel Carné
  • Claire Blakeway, Jacques Prévert: Popular French Theatre and Cinema, London, Farley Dickinson University Press, 1990
  • Jonathan Driskell, Marcel Carné, Manchester University Press, 2012
  • Ben McCann, Le Jour se lève, London: I. B. Tauris, 2014.
  • Edward Baron Turk, Child of Paradise: Marcel Carné and the Golden Age of French Cinema, Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1989
René Clair
  • René Clair, Cinéma d'hier, cinéma d'aujourd'hui, Paris, Gallimard, 1970
  • René Clair, Réflexion faite, Paris, Gallimard, 1951
  • Jean-Pierre Boon, ‘Narrative Voices in A nous la liberté', French Review, 55, 4, March 1982, 514-9
  • Steven Philip Kramer, 'René Clair: Situation and sensibility in A nous la liberté', Literature/Film Quarterly, 12, 2, 1984, 142-4
  • Celia McGerr, René Clair, Boston, Twayne Publishers, 1980
  • Jean Mitry, René Clair, Paris, éditions universitaires, 1960
Henri-Georges Clouzot
  • Robin Buss, French Film Noir, London, Marion Boyars, 1994
  • Noel Herpe, ‘Les Films criminels de Clouzot’, Positif, 419, January 1996, 103-5
Claire Denis
  • Martine Beugnet, Claire Denis, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2004
  • Judith Mayne, Claire Denis, Urbana, University of Illinois Press, 2005
 
Jean-Luc Godard
  • Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Luc Godard par Jean-Luc Godard, Paris, Belfond, 1968
  • Richard Brody, Everything is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard, New York, Metropolitan Books, 2008
  • Royal S. Brown (ed), Focus on Godard, Englewood Cliffs, Prentice-Hall, 1972
  • Ian Cameron, The Films of Jean-Luc Godard, London, Studio Vista, 1967
  • Wheeler W. Dixon, The Films of Jean-Luc Godard, Albany : State University of New York Press, 1997
  • Colin MacCabe, Godard: Images, Sounds, Politics, London, Macmillan, 1980
  • Douglas Morrey, Jean-Luc Godard, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2005
  • Richard Roud, Jean-Luc Godard, London, Secker and Warburg, 2nd edition 1970)
  • Susan Sontag, ‘Godard's Vivre sa vie’, in: Against Interpretation, New York, Farrar Straus Giroux, 1986
  • David Sterritt, The Films of Jean-Luc Godard: seeing the invisible, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999
  • David Wills (ed), Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le fou, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2000
Mathieu Kassovitz
  • Ginette Vincendeau, La Haine. London: I. B. Tauris, 2005.
  • Will Higbee, ‘The Return of the political or designer visions of exclusion? The case for Mathieu Kassovitz’s fracture sociale trilogy,’ Studies in French Cinema 5:2 (2002).
  • Carrie Tarr, ‘Ethnicity and Identity in Mathieu Kassovitz’s Métisse and La Haine,’ in Reframing Difference: Beur and Banlieue Filmmaking in France, Manchester and New York, Manchester University Press, 2005.
  • Michel Chion, ‘La Haine: “Petit à petit l’oiseau fait son fucking nid”,’ in Le Complexe de Cyrano: La Langue parlée dans les films français, Paris: Editions Cahiers du Cinéma, 2008, pp. 138-143.
  • Christian Bosséno, ‘Immigrant Cinema: national cinema - the case of beur film,’ in R. Dyer and G. Vincendeau (eds), Popular European Cinema, London: Routledge, 1992.
Louis Malle
  • Hugo Frey, Louis Malle, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2004
  • Nathan Southern, The Films of Louis Malle: a Critical Analysis, Jefferson, N.C., McFarland & Co., 2006

 
Jean Pierre Melville
  • Robin Buss, Cocteau: Les Enfants terribles, London: Grant & Cutler, 1986.
  • Rui Nogueira (ed.), Melville on Melville, London, BFI and Secker and Warburg, 1971
  • Ginette Vincendeau, Melville: An American in Paris, London, BFI, 2003.
 
Jean Renoir
  • Jean Renoir, La Règle du jeu, édited by Olivier Curchod, Paris, Le Livre de poche, 1998 (detailed découpage)
  • Jean Renoir, La Règle du jeu: scénario original, edited by Olivier Curchod and Christopher Faulkner, Paris, Nathan, 1999 (Renoir's original shooting script).
  • Jean Renoir, Ma vie et mes films, Paris, Flammarion, 1974
  • André Bazin, Jean Renoir, edited by François Truffaut, Paris, Editions du Champ libre, 1971
  • Leo Braudy, Jean Renoir: the World of his Films, London, Robson Books, 1977
  • Colin Davis, Scenes of Love and Murder: Renoir, Film and Philosophy, London, Wallflower, 2009.
  • Christopher Faulkner, The Social Cinema of Jean Renoir, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1986
  • Christopher Faulkner, 'Paris, Arizona: or the Redemption of Difference: Renoir's Le Crime de Monsieur Lange' in Hayward and Vincendeau (eds.), French Film: Texts and Contexts, Routledge, 2000
  • Martin O'Shaughnessy, Jean Renoir, Manchester , Manchester University Press, 2000.
  • Martin O'Shaughnessy, 'Breaking the Circle: Le Crime de Monsieur Lange and the Contemporary Illegibility of the Radical Text', South Central Review 28.3 (2011), pp. 26-44.
  • V. F. Perkins, La Règle du jeu, London: BFI/Palgrave, 2012.
  • Alastair Phillips and Ginette Vincendeau (eds), A Companion to Jean Renoir, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
  • Keith Reader, 'The Circular Ruins? Frontiers, Exile, and the Nation in Renoir's Le Crime de Monsieur Lange', French Studies, 54, 3, 287-97
  • Keith Reader, Renoir: La Règle du jeu, London, I.B. Tauris, 2010
  • Daniel Serceau, Jean Renoir, l'insurgé, Paris, éditions du Cerf, 1981
  • Alexander Sesonske, Jean Renoir: the French Films, 1924-1939, Harvard University Press, London, 1980
  • Kristin Thompson, ‘An Aesthetic of Discrepancy: The Rules of the Game’, in: Breaking the Glass Armor: Neoformalist Film Analysis, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1988, 218-44.
Alain Resnais
  • Robert Benayoun, Alain Resnais, arpenteur de l'imaginaire, Paris, Stock, 1980
  • James Monaco, Alain Resnais: the role of imagination, London, Secker and Warburg, 1978
  • René Prédal, L'Itinéraire de Resnais, Paris, Minard, 1996
  • Marguerite Duras, Hiroshima mon amour (Paris, Gallimard, 1960) (script)
  • Freddy Sweet,The Film Narratives of Alain Resnais, UMI Research Press, Michigan, 1981
  • Emma Wilson, Alain Resnais, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006

Jacques Rivette
  • Douglas Morrey and Alison Smith, Jacques Rivette, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2009
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum, Rivette, London, BFI, 1977
Danièle Thompson
  • Brigitte Rollet, ‘Transatlantic Exchanges and Influences: Décalage horaire (Jet
    Lag), Gender and the Romantic Comedy à la française,’ in S. Abbott and D. Jermyn (eds), Falling in Love Again: Romantic Comedy in Contemporary Cinema, London: I.B. Tauris, 2008, pp.92-104.
  • Mary Harrod, ‘The Réalisatrice and the Rom-Com in the 2000s,’ Studies in French Cinema, Special Issue on ‘Women’s Filmmaking in the 2000s,’ vol. 12, no. 3 (2012): 227-240.
  • Mary Harrod, ‘Franglais, Anglais and Contemporary French Comedy,’ in M. Harrod, M. Liz and A. Timoshkina (eds), The Europeanness of European Cinema: Identity, Meaning, Globalization, London: I.B. Tauris 2014 (e-mail Dr. Harrod for a copy if not yet stocked in the library - on order).
François Truffaut
  • François Truffaut, Le Plaisir des yeux, Paris, Flammarion, 1990
  • Don Allen, Finally Truffaut, London, Secker & Warburg, 1985
  • Leo Braudy (ed), Focus on “Shoot the Piano Player’, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Prentice Hall, 1972
  • Peter Brunette (ed), Shoot the Piano Player: François Truffaut, director, New Brunswick, N.J., Rutgers University Press, 1993
  • Diana Holmes and Robert Ingram, François Truffaut, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 1997
  • Anne Gillain, François Truffaut, le secret perdu, Paris, Hatier, 1992
  • Graham Petrie, The Cinema of François Truffaut, New York, A. Barnes and Co, 1970
Agnès Varda
  • Sandy Flitterman–Lewis, To Desire Differently: Feminism and the French Cinema, Urbana and Chicago, University of Illinois Press, 1990
  • Agnès Varda issue, Etudes cinématographiques, 179-86, Paris, Minard: Les Lettres modernes, 1991
  • Alison Smith, Agnès Varda, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 1998
Jean Vigo
  • Bernard Chardère (ed.) Jean Vigo, Paris, 1961
  • Michel Estève (ed.), Jean Vigo, Paris, Minard, 1966
  • T. Jefferson Kline, 'Cinema and/as Poetry: L'Atalante's Apples as Poems', in Unraveling French Cinema: From L'Atalante to Caché, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, pp. 13-34.
  • Pierre Lherminier (ed.), Jean Vigo, Paris, Seghers, 1967
  • Michael Temple, Jean Vigo, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2005
  • Marina Warner, L'Atalante, London, BFI Publishing, 1993