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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 Crowd As New Monumentality During the Popular Front

The Crowd As New Monumentality During the Popular Front

(p.137) Chapter Six The Crowd As New Monumentality During the Popular Front
The Social Architecture of French Cinema, 1929–1939

Margaret C. Flinn

Liverpool University Press

This chapter addresses the spectacular and massive nature of the architecture of the films themselves—that is to say, the way in which the crowd functions metaphorically as a building block of social cohesion. The stories being told by leftist militant filmmaking of the Popular front are analysed as a spatialized discourse where the crowd becomes a living construction. The portrayal of the worker as individual and member of the mass is crucially cinematographic: militant films cast their spectators as extensions of the films’ worlds. Furthermore, the visual rhetoric of these films opens avenues of insight into the spatial representations and politics of more mainstream products of 1930s cinema culture, such as Julien Duvivier’s La Belle équipe.

Keywords:   Julien Duvivier, Louis Marin, Ciné-liberté, worker, mass, crowd, Jacques Lemare, Jean Renoir, Jean Epstein, strikes

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