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Culture fact
Auguste and Louis Lumière
invented the cinématographe.
Their screening of L'Arrivée
d'un train en gare de la Ciotat

in 1895 in Paris is often cited
as the official birth of cinema.

Language fact
The French Revolution is
considered a major turning
point in European history.
It brought about the end
of feudalism and helped
spread new social and
political ideals.

Language tip
The name of France derives
from the Latin Francia,
meaning "country of the
Franks." The Franks were a
Germanic tribe that conquered
the region in the 5th century.
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French Cinema

French Cinema: From its Beginnings to the Present, by Remi Lanzoni, 496 p. (2004)
An chronological, scholarly survey of French filmmaking from 1895 to 2002 that examines how 20th-century events affected the development of French cinema.
Republic of Images: A History of French Filmmaking, by Alan Williams, 472 p. (1992)
French Film: Texts and Contexts, by Susan Hayward (Editor), Ginette Vincendeau, eds., 368 p. (2000)
This volume provides analyses of 22 French cinema classics filmed between the 1920s and 1990s in their historical, cinematic, social and/or political contexts. Also contains director filmographies.
French National Cinema, by Susan Hayward, 325 p. (1993)
French Cinema: The Student's Book, by Alan Singerman, 392 p. (2005)
This is the English version of "Apprentisage du cinema Francais" so the same French cinema course can be taught to non-French-speaking students of cultural or cinema studies. This book covers the history of the origins of French film, explains how to analyze a film, and has a lexicon of French cinema terms and an analysis of 17 major masterpieces of French filmmaking.
French Cinema: A Student's Guide, by Phil Powrie, Keith Reader, 256 p. (2003)
The guide introduces students to the history and theory of French cinema as well as the concepts and techniques involved in the study of film. Also includes a model essay, sample film analyses.

Periods in French Film
Contemporary French Cinema: An Introduction, by Guy Austin, 240 p. (1996)
This analysis of 25 years of popular French film offers summaries of public and critical reception of a wide range of genres as well as detailed accounts of individual films.
France on Film- Reflections on Popular French Cinema, by Lucy Mazdon, 192 p. (2001)
French Cinema in the 1990s: Continuity and Difference, by Phil Powrie, 286 p. (2000)
French Cinema in the 1970s: The Echoes of May, by Alison Smith, 304 p. (2005)
A History of the French New Wave Cinema, by Richard Neupert, 368 p. (2002)
The Classic French Cinema, 1930-1960, by Colin Crisp, 485 p. (1997)
Genre, Myth, and Convention in the French Cinema, 1929-1939, by Colin Crisp, 440 p. (2002)
The Ciné Goes to Town: French Cinema 1896-1914, by Richard Abel, 568 p. (1998)

French Film Directors
From the ever-growing French Film Directors series by Manchester University Press, publication dates beginning 1998: Luc Besson, Bertrand Blier, Robert Bresson, Leos Carax, Claude Chabrol, Jean Cocteau, Diane Curys, Claire Denis, Georges Franju, Jean-Luc Godard, Patrice Leconte, Louis Malle, George Melies, Jean Renoir, Alain Resnais, Coline Serreau, Francois Truffaut, Agnès Varda, Jean Vigo.
French-Speaking Women Film Directors: A Guide, by Janis L. Pallister, 250 p. (1998) or the updated edition, Francophone Women Film Directors: A Guide, by Janis L. Pallister, Ruth A. Hottell, 292 p. (2005)
French-Speaking Women Documentarians: A Guide, by Janis L. Pallister, Ruth A. Hottell, 279 p. (2005)

Issues in French Cinema
Encore Hollywood: Remaking French Cinema, by Lucy Mazdon, 169 p. (2000)
Double Takes: Culture and Gender in French Films and Their American Remakes, by Carolyn A. Durham, 260 p. (1998)
Stars and Stardom in French Cinema, by Ginette Vincendeau, 275 p. (2005)

History of French-Speaking Countries

The Cambridge Illustrated History of France, by Colin Jones, 352 p. (1999)
A general reference providing a solid introduction and historical survey of French politics and social life from pre-Roman to modern times. Includes quality color photos and illustrations.
La Belle France: A Short History, by Alistair Horne, 512 p. (2003)
This book is a comprehensive yet concise illustrated history of France from Roman times through the 20th century. Award-winning author Horne seamlessly integrates political, intellectual, and social history into a compelling narrative.
A History of Modern France, by Jeremy D. Popkin, 384 p. (2005)
This book examines French history from the age of the Enlightenment to the present. The volume is informed in current scholarship on French history and weaves the strands of social, cultural, and economic history together into a vivid account of historical events and conditions.

Period- & Theme-Specific French History
Short Oxford History of France series: 
This series brings together a team of international experts to provide a survey of French history from Frankish Gaul to the present day. Each volume outlins the most important developments in political, economic, cultural, and social history and examines French activities both domestically and abroad.
France in the Central Middle Ages 900-1200, by Marcus Graham Bull, ed., 237 p. (2003)
France in the Later Middle Ages 1200-1500, by David Potter, ed., 280 p. (2003)
Renaissance and Reformation France, 1500-1648, by Mack P. Holt, ed., 263 p. (2002)
Old Regime France: 1648-1788, by William Doyle, ed., 281 p. (2001)
Revolutionary France: 1788-1880, by Malcolm Crook, ed., 250 p. (2002)
Modern France: 1880-2002, by James McMillan, ed., 256 p. (2004)

A History of the Franks, by Gregory of Tours, Lewis Thorpe, trans., 720 p. (1976)
France in the Middle Ages: 987-1460 : From Hugh Capet to Joan of Arc, by Georges Duby, Juliet Vale, trans. (1993)
The Ancien Regime: A History of France 1610-1774, by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Mark Greengrass, trans., 586 p. (1998)
Unnaturally French: Foreign Citizens in the Old Regime and After, by Peter Sahlins, 480 p. (2004)
This study explains how and why foreigners became French citizens in the Old Regime and thereafter. By synthesizing social, political, and legal history, the author traces the establishement of modern political citizenship and nationality law in France. He further demonstrates how the neglected problems of citizenship and state membership influenced the making and unmaking of the French absolute monarchy.
Greater France: A History of French Overseas Expansion, by Robert Aldrich, 388 p. (1996)
In Search of Empire: France in the Americas, 1670-1730, by James Pritchard, 512 p. (2004)
A Short History of the French Revolution, by Jeremy D. Popkin, 176 p. (2001)
An introduction to the major events that make up the story of the French Revolution, to the different ways in which historians have interpreted them, to the political, social, and cultural origins of the Revolution, and to the latest methodological approaches.
The French Revolution: A History, by Thomas Carlyle, 848 p. (2002)
Origins of the French Revolution, by William Doyle, rev. 3rd ed., 237 p. (1999)
The indispensable guide to what brought about the French Revolution and to the debates of historians about the issue. This new edition brings the historiography up to date, and offers a modified interpretation in light of this research by a new generation of scholars.
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Politics and Theater: The Crisis of Legitimacy in Restoration France, 1815-1830, by Sheryl Kroen, 424 p. (2000)
French Civilization and Its Discontents: Nationalism, Colonialism, Race, by Tyler Stovall, 288 p. (2003)
Peasants into Frenchmen: The Modernization of Rural France, 1870-1914, by Eugen Weber (1979)
Mission to Civilize: The Republican Idea of Empire in France & West Africa, 1895-1930, by Alice L. Conklin, 384 p. (2000)
True France: The Wars over Cultural Identity, 1900-1945, by Herman Lebovics, 248 p. (1994)
Vichy France: Old Guard and New Order, 1940-1944, by Robert O. Paxton, 438 p. (2001)
Bringing the Empire Back Home: France in the Global Age, by Herman Lebovics, 232 p. (2004)
This cultural history outlines the intense disputes over French identity and how they have played out in the latter half of the 20th century. The author depicts contemporary French society as a testing ground of pluralism and assimilation. The book is an exploration of what happens when regional, national, European, ethnic postcolonial, and global influences meet.
France in Crisis: Welfare, Inequality, and Globalization since 1980, by Timothy B. Smith, 308 p. (2004)
Contemporary France: An Introduction to French Politics and Society, by David J. Howarth, Georgios Varouxakis, 288 p. (2003)


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