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As Franceandrsquo;s oldest city, Marseilles has a significant cinematic culture, dating back to the 1890s when the Lumiandegrave;re brothers shot many films there. Due to its prolific film industry in the 1920s, Marseilles was referred to as andldquo;the French Los Angeles.andrdquo;

World Film Locations: Marseilles examines the representations of this port city in cinema, through essays and film scene reviews devoted to an exploration of its topography as depicted by Jean Epstein, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Melville, Jean Renoir, Jean-Jacques Beineix, and many others. This volume showcases Marseillesandrsquo;s diversity as articulated onscreen: from the winding streets of the Panier to the Old Portandrsquo;s noisy markets, from the bustling Canebiandegrave;re to the dockyards of the Grand Port Maritime, from the cliffs of Provenandccedil;al encircling the city to sun-drenched calanques leading to the dazzling cerulean sea. World Film Locations: Marseilles features maps of film scenes, high-quality screengrabs, and images of movie locations as they appear today, accompanied by original texts penned by leading international film scholars and critics and an interview with Marseillais director Robert Guandeacute;diguian. Marseilles has been named a 2013andndash;14 European Capital of Culture and this book is a fitting and timely tribute.

Synopsis:

Bringing to a close his "Marseille" trilogy, Cesar was one of Marcel Pagnol's most significant projects. This text reviews the questions that Pagnol posed in the film, looking at how he reflected the contemporary and artistic culture of the city, around which the trilogy was based.

Synopsis:

The writer and director Marcel Pagnol (1895-1974) is today perhaps best known outside France as a result of the international acclaim garnered by film adaptations of his novels Jean de Florette and Manon des sources. He wrote César (1936), which brought to a close the hugely popular "Marseille trilogy," directly for the screen. Although the trilogy's first two films--Marius (1931) and Fanny (1932)--were not directed by Pagnol, he played a substantial part in their making, and the trilogy overall was very much his work.

After mapping Pagnol's career and situating his turn to cinema in the context of the coming of "talking pictures," Stephen Heath discusses César and its relation to the Marseille trilogy. In so doing, he considers questions of speech and accent, cinema and theatricality, stereotypes and the film's cultural effects. Above all, he looks at César's relation to the contemporary artistic and historical reality of Marseille, the locale of the trilogy and in many ways its main character.

About the Author

Stephen Heath is a fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. He is the author of Questions of Cinema (1985), among other books.

Table of Contents

Dedication and Acknowledgements

Introduction

Marseilles: City of the Imagination

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Steven Ungar

Marcel Pagnoland#8217;s Marseilles: Marius, Fanny, Cand#233;sar

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Rebecca Prime

Map of Scenes 1and#8211;8: 1923and#8211;1950

The Old Port and La Canebiand#232;re

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Jean-Luc Lioult

Map of Scenes 9and#8211;16: 1955and#8211;1971

and#8216;The Underworld is in His Landsand#8217;: Marseilles Gangster Films

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Olivier Bohler

Map of Scenes 17and#8211;24: 1974and#8211;1995

Literally Speaking: Cinematic Adaptations of Jean-Claude Izzoand#8217;s Marseilles Novels

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Georgiana M. M. Colvile

Map of Scenes 25and#8211;32: 1997and#8211;2002

Melting Pot: Immigrants, Refugees and Stateless Characters

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Henri-Simon Blanc-Hoand#224;ng

Map of Scenes 33and#8211;39: 2002and#8211;2006

Robert Guand#233;diguian and Ariane Ascaride: In Conversation

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Georgiana M. M. Colvile

Map of Scenes 40and#8211;46: 2007and#8211;2011

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780851708331
Author:
Heath, Stephen
Publisher:
British Film Institute
Author:
Block, Marcelline
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film - Reference
Subject:
Film - Guides & Reviews
Subject:
General Performing Arts
Subject:
Film
Subject:
Video, History
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Video - Reference
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Subject:
Film & Video - Reference
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Intellect Books - World Film Locations
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
50 color plates
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.4 in

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Bringing to a close his "Marseille" trilogy, Cesar was one of Marcel Pagnol's most significant projects. This text reviews the questions that Pagnol posed in the film, looking at how he reflected the contemporary and artistic culture of the city, around which the trilogy was based.
"Synopsis" by , The writer and director Marcel Pagnol (1895-1974) is today perhaps best known outside France as a result of the international acclaim garnered by film adaptations of his novels Jean de Florette and Manon des sources. He wrote César (1936), which brought to a close the hugely popular "Marseille trilogy," directly for the screen. Although the trilogy's first two films--Marius (1931) and Fanny (1932)--were not directed by Pagnol, he played a substantial part in their making, and the trilogy overall was very much his work.

After mapping Pagnol's career and situating his turn to cinema in the context of the coming of "talking pictures," Stephen Heath discusses César and its relation to the Marseille trilogy. In so doing, he considers questions of speech and accent, cinema and theatricality, stereotypes and the film's cultural effects. Above all, he looks at César's relation to the contemporary artistic and historical reality of Marseille, the locale of the trilogy and in many ways its main character.

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