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New negotiations in post-2000 French cinema

Climo, Jill Marian (2012)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

This thesis addresses new trends in French cinema between 2000 and 2004, in films which have the common motif of a main, protagonist couple whose relationship has subversive potential and may indicate tension, instability, the process of change and transformations in post-2000 French society. The study shows how the chosen films contribute to the ongoing national debate about the following: what it means to speak and to ‘be’ French in post-2000 France, socially, culturally and in relation to how the nation defines itself; how the films project, dramatise and fantasise national identity; and finally, what role the films play in constructing the sense or the image of the French nation in their themes, motifs, and preoccupations with Frenchness. The thesis provides a body of work on gender, ethnicity and sexuality in post-2000 French film which fills a gap in the present literature, as although there are existing gender studies of 1980s’ and 1990s’ French film there is a reworking of film practices (in generic and thematic terms) in the post-2000 unlikely couple group of films which enables comparisons to be made and theoretical frameworks to be suggested, in order to establish parameters against which previous and future periods of this area of French cicnema history can be measured.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Ince, Kate
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Department of French Studies
Subjects:HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
PN1993 Motion Pictures
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:3401
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