Marcel Pagnol (French Film Directors) (French Film Directors Series)

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Though long ignored or dismissed by film scholars and critics, Marcel Pagnol (1895-1974) was among the most influential and popular auteurs of his era. This comprehensive overview of Pagnol's career, the first ever published in English, highlights his singular contribution to classic French film as a self-sufficient writer-producer-director while evaluating the larger cultural and aesthetic stakes of his movies in a broader European context. The book reconsiders Pagnol in several ways: first, by offering a reading of style and technique that links the converted playwright's controversial theories on film, theatre, and the primacy of speech over image with economic and aesthetic anxieties triggered by the arrival of talking cinema and the Great Depression; second, by analysing Pagnol's sunny rural melodramas shot on location in the Provencal countryside as a rare and psychologically valuable counterpoint to the dark, urban variety of poetic realism produced in the studio by influential peers such as Jean Renoir and Marcel Carne; third, by framing Pagnol's attachment to outdoor location shooting, ethnographic authenticity, and creative independence as foreshadowing Neo-Realism and the New Wave; finally, by explaining Pagnol's enduring status as a French national icon who combined artisanal production values with an innovative, highly efficient system of marketing and distribution modelled after Hollywood. In its balance of breadth and depth, this critical reevaluation will be of interest to students, scholars, and aficionados of cinema studies and French culture.

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Though long ignored or dismissed by film critics and scholars, Marcel Pagnol (1895-1974) was among the most influential auteurs of his era. This comprehensive overview of Pagnol's career, the first ever published in English, highlights his unique place in French cinema as a self-sufficient writer-producer-director and his contribution to the long-term evolution of filmmaking in a broader European context. In addition to reassessing the converted playwright's controversial prioritization of speech over image, the book juxtaposes Pagnol's sunny rural melodramas with the dark, urban variety of poetic realism practiced by influential peers such as Jean Renoir and Marcel Carne.

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"Brett Bowles, in his enthusiasm for Marcel Pagnol, argues that while some French directors' reputations have waned, Pagnol's has grown even stronger, standing today as an indelible part of French popular culture and national identity. His book is a manifesto for that belief and makes some good arguments." - Jon Davies, Media Education Journal 63


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