Post-1995 French cinema: return of the social, return of the political?

O'Shaughnessy, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-1167-3214, 2003. Post-1995 French cinema: return of the social, return of the political? Modern and Contemporary France, 11 (2), pp. 189-203. ISSN 0963-9489

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A key trend in post-1995 French cinema has been the return of the social. Analysing this trend, this article seeks to evaluate its politic impact. Using Hervé Le Roux’s Reprise (1997) and Agnès Varda’s Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000) as key meta-texts, it suggests that the current wave of politically engaged cinema needs to be approached in new ways that recognise how films trace the impact of a politically unmediated, ‘raw’ real on groups or individuals. It further suggests that the withdrawal of political mediation gives the films an essential ambiguity and a melodramatic quality that, rather than mere cliché, may be a privileged way to engage with the violence of the real. Film is now not so much in the van but dans le bain of a diverse socio-political stirring.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Modern and Contemporary France
Creators: O'Shaughnessy, M.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date: 2003
Volume: 11
Number: 2
ISSN: 0963-9489
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:55
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:14

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