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Introduction: Film and Memory in Contemporary France

Isabelle Mcneill

in Memory and the Moving Image

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638918
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671014 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638918.003.0001
Introduction: Film and Memory in Contemporary France

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This book investigates an intertwining of the memory of history and the moving image. It also explores the ways in which cultural objects and the human experience of the past in the present are linked, through the workings of memory in and between people. The focus is on the period that follows the officially designated centenary of cinema in France. The complexities of cinema's relationship to collective remembering are noted. As subject becomes object, film is shown as a point of intersection for subjectivity and objectivity, public and private, allowing the filmmaker's memories to meet those of the viewers in the sphere of cultural memory. Memory takes shape between filmmaker, film and viewer. As protagonists move through the city on film, their trajectories taking them through explorations of the past as well as of urban space is a continual process of construction and demolition.

Keywords: cultural memory; history; cinema; France; film; filmmaker; object; subject

Chapter.  8639 words. 

Subjects: Film

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