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Sarah Perks, Isabelle Vanderschelden, and Andy Willis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781906733162

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906733162.001.0001

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French Documentary Film and a Vision of the World

French Documentary Film and a Vision of the World

(p.153) Chapter Seven: French Documentary Film and a Vision of the World
Studying French Cinema

Isabelle Vanderschelden

Isabelle Vanderschelden

Liverpool University Press

This chapter addresses French documentary films. After a boom in the 1950s and during the New Wave, only small numbers of documentaries have been produced yearly for the cinema in France, this type of filmmaking becoming increasingly associated with television. Nevertheless, several notable contemporary French film-makers have experimented with the genre, especially during the New Wave, producing influential films which have become classics. Recently, the name of Nicolas Philibert has become associated with documentary films shot primarily for the cinema screen, and his film Être et avoir/To Be and To Have (2002) provides a perspective on recent French cinema developments. The chapter provides a detailed analysis of the film, including its representation of rural France, the transformation of the teacher, parents, and children into characters, and other related society issues.

Keywords:   French documentary films, French New Wave, French cinema, documentary filmmaking, French film-makers, Nicolas Philibert, Être et avoir

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