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The Transparent Illusion

Image and Ideology in French Text and Film


Rebecca Pauly

This unique study interprets forty major French films, their texts and intertexts, analyzing them both as windows on their subject, projections of the imagination, and as frames or mirrors reflecting the cultural contexts that produced them. They are grouped in three major categories, foregrounding their relationship to history, literature or the filmmaking process itself, in ascending order of opacity and modernity. This much needed work offers not only comparative cultural perspectives on French text and film but also a better understanding of the poetics of image and ideology.
Contents: Study of 38 French films from 1926-1986 grouped in Film and History, Film and Literature, Film and Filmmaking, reflecting the evolution of cultural and creative paradigms and perspectives.