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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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Traits and Traditions in French Film Comedy

Traits and Traditions in French Film Comedy

(p.173) Chapter Eight: Traits and Traditions in French Film Comedy
Studying French Cinema

Isabelle Vanderschelden

Liverpool University Press

This chapter describes French comedy films. Comedy holds a significant place in contemporary French popular culture and in the national cinema industry. It is the most popular film genre, at least in terms of domestic audiences. French comedy is also considered an important vehicle for stars, many of whom evolved as comic actors before turning to other cinematic genres, and some of whom have moved towards film directing and writing. Comedies are popular films in the sense that they are 'seen by a large number of people, and thus reach a broad public'. The chapter looks at Francis Veber's Le Dîner de cons/The Dinner Game (1998) and Le Placard/The Closet (2001) to address a number of issues which are central to understanding the significant place of the genre within French popular culture. Both include elements of social satire, French cultural references, and a focus on comic use of language.

Keywords:   French comedy films, French popular culture, French national cinema, French comedy, comic actors, popular films, Francis Veber, social satire, comic language, French cultural references

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