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Paris in the Dark: Going to the Movies in the City of Light, 1930-1950

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posted on 12.08.2020, 18:31 by Eric Smoodin
In Paris in the Dark Eric Smoodin takes readers on a journey through the streets, cinemas, and theaters of Paris to sketch a comprehensive picture of French film culture during the 1930s and 1940s. Drawing on a wealth of journalistic sources, Smoodin recounts the ways films moved through the city, the favored stars, and what it was like to go to the movies in a city with hundreds of cinemas. In a single week in the early 1930s, moviegoers might see Hollywood features like King Kong and Frankenstein, the new Marlene Dietrich and Maurice Chevalier movies, and any number of films from Italy, Germany, and Russia. Or they could frequent the city's ciné-clubs, which were hosts to the cinéphile subcultures of Paris. At other times, a night at the movies might result in an evening of fascist violence, even before the German Occupation of Paris, while after the war the city's cinemas formed the space for reconsolidating French film culture. In mapping the cinematic geography of Paris, Smoodin expands understandings of local film exhibition and the relationships of movies to urban space.

Funding

University of California, Davis as part of the TOME initiative

History

Publication date

2020

ISBN (Open Access)

9781478007531

ISBN (Print - Cloth)

9781478006114

ISBN (Print - Paper)

9781478006923

Publisher Name

Duke University Press

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