Journal article

Narrative mutations - French cinema and its relations with literature from Vichy towards the New Wave

Colin Nettelbeck

JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN STUDIES | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2007

Abstract

In the most prominent article of nouvelle vague self-definition that of the filmmaker as 'auteur' the new French cinema was underlining its relationship with the literary tradition that had been both pathway and obstacle to its independence. This paper examines a particularly intense phase of French cinema's quest for 'high culture' legitimacy, namely the period covering the Occupation and the rise of the New Wave 1940 to 1958. It evaluates how the combination of historical circumstance and Vichy government policy enhanced the position of cinema relative to literature, and opened the way for subsequent developments in literary and cinematographic expression, both as independent arts and in t..

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