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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

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

Margaret C. Flinn

Liverpool University Press

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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