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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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Poetic Realism as Spatial Fable

Poetic Realism as Spatial Fable

Chapter:
(p.170) Epilogue Poetic Realism as Spatial Fable
Source:
The Social Architecture of French Cinema, 1929–1939
Author(s):

Margaret C. Flinn

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781380338.003.0008

The epilogue considers the paradox of the poetic realist preoccupation with atmosphere. The characteristics of a film that spatially constitute “atmosphere” tend to engage localizing, situational reality guarantors, but also the extremely ephemeral qualities of gasses—fog, smoke, etc. The thwarted spatialization accounts for the melancholy and alienation of poetic realist subjects.

Keywords:   Marcel Carné, Jacques Rancière, fable, atmosphere, Jean Renoir, Julien Duvivier, fog

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