Citation Ezra E (ed.) (2000) France in Focus: Film and National Identity. Oxford and New York: Berg. http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/france-in-focus-9781859733639/
Abstract This volume brings together the work of leading film scholars from the UK, France and the US who assess a dominant art form's engagement with expressions of national identity at key moments in French cinematic history, from its origins at the end of the nineteenth century, through the inter-war period, the Occupation, the post-Liberation era, and the New Wave, up to the current state of the industry. The essays go against the grain in their attempts to construct an alternative history of French cinema, whether by bringing to light overlooked films or by examining well-known, indeed even 'over-exposed' films or filmmakers in a new light. In re-evaluating the work of Georges Melies, Jacques Becker, Jean Renoir, Diane Kurys, Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Jacques Beineix, the contributors to this volume focus on the paradoxical centrality of the marginal in constructions of national identity. In doing so, they reveal the structure of 'l'exception francaise', in which French culture makes an exception for itself by suppressing alterity within it.