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French Film Theory and Criticism: A History - Anthology, 1907-1929

French Film Theory and Criticism: A History - Anthology, 1907-1929

Richard Abel

ISBN: 9780691000626

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These two volumes examine a significant but previously neglected moment in French cultural history: the emergence of French film theory and criticism before the essays of Andre Bazin. Richard Abel has devised an organizational scheme of six nearly symmetrical periods that serve to "bite into" the discursive flow of early French writing on the cinema. Each of the periods is discussed in a separate and extensive historical introduction, with convincing explications of the various concepts current at the time. In each instance, Abel goes on to provide a complementary anthology of selected texts in translation. Amounting to a portable archive, these anthologies make available a rich selection of nearly one hundred and fifty important texts, most of them never before published in English.

Richard Abel

Richard Abel (born 1941) is a professor of Comparative Literature in the University of Michigan, United States. He has presented several anthologies of French texts translated in English including Colette's first review about The Cheat, Louis Delluc's critics, and Marcel L'Herbier's manifesto. He won the Theatre Library ... view full profile

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