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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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The Spatial Constitution of 1930s Documentary

The Spatial Constitution of 1930s Documentary

(p.17) Chapter One The Spatial Constitution of 1930s Documentary
The Social Architecture of French Cinema, 1929–1939

Margaret C. Flinn

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the discourse on documentary available in the corpus of criticism and nascent theorization to be found in the specialized French press. The various subgenres identifiable in documentary filmmaking of the period are considered (including actuality film, propaganda and pedagogical cinema, among others), with extended consideration of the now obsolete documentaire romancé, including a close reading of Georges Lacombe’s La Zone (1928). The chapter demonstrates how all of these various subgenres engage in telling stories of space and place.

Keywords:   actuality film, documentaire romance, avant-garde, pedagogical cinema, propaganda, militant film, atmosphere, narrative

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