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Paris in the Dark

Going to the Movies in the City of Light, 1930-1950

by Eric Smoodin

Paris in the Dark

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Book Description

In Paris in the Dark Eric Smoodin takes readers on a journey through the streets, cinemas, and theaters of Paris to sketch a comprehensive picture of French film culture during the 1930s and 1940s. Drawing on a wealth of journalistic sources, Smoodin recounts the ways films moved through the city, the favored stars, and what it was like to go to the movies in a city with hundreds of cinemas. In a single week in the early 1930s, moviegoers might see Hollywood features like King Kong and Frankenstein, the new Marlene Dietrich and Maurice Chevalier movies, and any number of films from Italy, Germany, and Russia. Or they could frequent the city's ciné-clubs, which were hosts to the cinéphile subcultures of Paris. At other times, a night at the movies might result in an evening of fascist violence, even before the German Occupation of Paris, while after the war the city's cinemas formed the space for reconsolidating French film culture. In mapping the cinematic geography of Paris, Smoodin expands understandings of local film exhibition and the relationships of movies to urban space.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1
The Cinemas and the Films 1931-1933
Chapter 2
The Ciné-Clubs 1930-1944
Chapter 3
Chevalier and Dietrich 1929-1935
Chapter 4
Violence at the Cinema 1930-1944
Chapter 5
Occupied Paris 1939-1944
Chapter 6
Liberation Cinema, Postwar Cinema 1944-1949
Chapter 7
A Final Stroll 1948-1954, 1980-2016

Book Details

Title
Paris in the Dark
Subject
Art
Publisher
Duke University Press
Published
2020
Pages
225
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9781478006923
ISBN10
1478006927
ISBN13 Digital
9781478007531
ISBN10 Digital
1478007532
PDF Size
17.0 MB
License
CC BY-NC

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