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The Social Architecture of French Cinema, 1929–1939$
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Margaret C. Flinn

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380338

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380338.001.0001

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An Architecture of Social Being

An Architecture of Social Being

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(p.1) Introduction An Architecture of Social Being
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The Social Architecture of French Cinema, 1929–1939
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Margaret C. Flinn

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781380338.003.0001

This introduction identifies film’s social architecture as the literal construction of place (set design, location shooting) as well the metaphorical ways in which the formal structures of films, their narratives and their representations are organized. This is an architecture of social being—a configuration of narrative and representations that informs, explains, and creates social identities and reflects upon the positions of individuals within their societies. The combination of documentary and realist modes of filmmaking, the dialogue with contemporary spatial theory, and the historical interest of cinema in and of France (particularly Paris) in the 1930s are all considered.

Keywords:   France, Documentary, Realism, Architecture, Location, set design, space, place, spatial theory

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