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Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167338

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167338.001.0001

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French Cinema of Place

French Cinema of Place

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(p.95) French Cinema of Place
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Love in Motion
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Reidar Due

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231167338.003.0008

This chapter studies the classical narrative French cinema of the 1940s and 1950s. French classical love films also possess a moral core, but the structure of morality in classic French cinema is very different from that of American films. Morality in French film is often embedded in a social world shown to be more or less corrupt. French cinema also displays a subtler and less verbal eroticism than that of the classical American film. Many classical French films display desires that are not romantic or compatible with any kind of marital solution. An example of this is Melville and Cocteau's 1951 psychological study La Chambre, which depicts an incestuous relationship between brother and sister. Classical French cinema is a cinematic narrative form, in which characters are often bound to a place as to their fate.

Keywords:   classical French cinema, French classical love films, morality, eroticism, La Chambre, incest

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