100 years of European cinema Entertainment or ideology?

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-04-01
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press

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Cinema is entertainment that also communicates a set of values and a vision of the world. This book explores the complex relationship between entertainment, ideology, and audiences from the Stalinist musicals of the 1930s through cinematic representations of masculinity under Franco, to recent French films and their Hollywood remakes. It covers film from the former Soviet Union, Germany East and West, Czechoslovakia, France, and Spain, and the relationship between Europe and Hollywood.

Author Biography

Diana Holmes is Professor of French at the University of Leeds.

Alison Smith is Lecturer in French at Keele University.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of tables
Notes on contributors ix
Introduction 1(10)
Diana Holmes
Alison Smith
PART I Ideologies and cinematic pleasure
But eastward, look, the land is brighter: towards a topography of utopia in the Stalinist musical
Richard Taylor
Entertained by the class enemy: cinema programming policy in the German Democratic Republic
Rosemary Stott
The forbidden films: film censorship in the wake of the Eleventh Plenum
Daniela Berghahn
Sex and subversion in German Democratic Republic cinema: The Legend of Paul and Paula (1973)
Andrea Rinke
The Good Soldier Svejk and after: the comic tradition in Czech film
Peter Hames
Cheaper by the dozen: La gran familia, Francoism and Spanish family comedy
Peter William Evans
Displacing the hero: masculine ambivalence in the cinema of Luis Garcia Berlanga
Parvati Nair
`When you're not a worker yourself...': Godard, the Dziga Vertov Group and the audience
Steve Cannon
Quand une femme n'en est pas une: gendered spectatorship and feminist scopophilia in the early films of Jean-Luc Godard
Eliane Meyer
The fictionalisation of terrorism in West German cinema
Stefan Wolff
PART II Entertainment and its ideologies
Of human bondage and male bonding: male relationships in recent Russian cinema
David Gillespie
Entertainment - but where's the ideology? Truffaut's last films
Diana Holmes
Performance in the films of Agnes Varda
Alison Smith
Singing our song: music, memory and myth in contemporary European cinema
Wendy Everett
Transatlantic crossings: ideology and the remake
Julia Dobson
`Faith in relations between people': Audrey Hepburn, Roman Holiday and European integration
Peter Kramer
Index 207

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