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‘Unremarkable Paris’: Jacques Becker’s Urban Everyday

Alastair Phillips

Alastair Phillips is Associate Professor (Reader) in Film Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. His books include City of Darkness, City of Light: Emigré Filmmakers in Paris 1929–1939 (2003), Journeys of Desire. European Actors in Hollywood (co‑edited with Ginette Vincendeau, 2006), Japanese Cinema: Texts and Contexts (co-edited with Julian Stringer, 2007), 100 Film Noirs (co-authored with Jim Hillier, 2009), Rififi: A French Film Guide (2009), A Companion to Jean Renoir (co-edited with Ginette Vincendeau, 2013) and The Japanese Cinema Book (co-edited with Hideaki Fujiki, 2018). He is an editor of Screen. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Paris in the Cinema: Beyond the Flâneur : Locations, Characters, History

British Film Institute, 2018

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...To move ‘beyond the flâneur’in terms of understanding Paris as a cinematic city means, in one sense, to re-examine the conventional ways that the topography of the French capital may be configured as a site of narrative attention...

People 1920–50

Alastair Phillips

Alastair Phillips is Associate Professor (Reader) in Film Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. His books include City of Darkness, City of Light: Emigré Filmmakers in Paris 1929–1939 (2003), Journeys of Desire. European Actors in Hollywood (co‑edited with Ginette Vincendeau, 2006), Japanese Cinema: Texts and Contexts (co-edited with Julian Stringer, 2007), 100 Film Noirs (co-authored with Jim Hillier, 2009), Rififi: A French Film Guide (2009), A Companion to Jean Renoir (co-edited with Ginette Vincendeau, 2013) and The Japanese Cinema Book (co-edited with Hideaki Fujiki, 2018). He is an editor of Screen. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The French Cinema Book

British Film Institute, 2018

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... worked in American film since the late silent period, facilitated the arrival of many prominent names, including the directors Jean Renoir and Julien Duvivier and the actors Jean-Pierre Aumont, Jean Gabin and Simone Simon (Phillips 2002)....

From Meryon to Ulmer’s Bluebeard: A Baudelairian Iconography

Paris in the Cinema: Beyond the Flâneur : Locations, Characters, History

British Film Institute, 2018

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...Edgar George Ulmer, the ‘King of the Bs’, made Bluebeard in 1944, about halfway through a long, prolific and extremely uneven career. Ostensibly a run-of-the mill, low-budget feature about a serial killer, the film shows a number...

Filming Paris: An Interview with Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Paris in the Cinema: Beyond the Flâneur : Locations, Characters, History

British Film Institute, 2018

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...Since the global success of Le Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain/Amélie in 2001, the name of Jean-Pierre Jeunet has become irrevocably associated with the city of Paris. Jeunet has long lived in Montmartre himself and he has therefore partly...

Maigret from across the Channel

Paris in the Cinema: Beyond the Flâneur : Locations, Characters, History

British Film Institute, 2018

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...Paris as a cinematic city is inextricably bound up with theorisations of modernity, the early 20th century and, as the title of this book suggests, the flâneur. In this essay, I want to take a little distance from these debates – perhaps...

Working-class Paris and Post-war Noir: Les Portes de la nuit

Paris in the Cinema: Beyond the Flâneur : Locations, Characters, History

British Film Institute, 2018

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...Les Portes de la nuit/Gates of the Night (Marcel Carné, 1946) represents something of a paradox in the history of Paris on film: limited research exists on this famous work, which remains little known as a result. Indeed, while everyone...

The Enduring Glamour of the Parisienne

Paris in the Cinema: Beyond the Flâneur : Locations, Characters, History

British Film Institute, 2018

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... who falls for a soldier. Over the next five years, she consolidated her position as ‘the number one French sex symbol’, offering the public a series of performances of a highly constructed type. For Alastair Phillips, ‘from the start,...

The Eiffel Tower: A Parisian Film Star

Paris in the Cinema: Beyond the Flâneur : Locations, Characters, History

British Film Institute, 2018

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...For a world-renowned icon that has been filmed from all angles, the Eiffel Tower remains intriguingly opaque. It still exudes an enigmatic fascination, like a film star coming from the silent era. At first glance, the immobile Tower seems...

Truffaut’s Apartments

Paris in the Cinema: Beyond the Flâneur : Locations, Characters, History

British Film Institute, 2018

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...In the English-speaking world, the word ‘Paris’ typically evokes a set of postcard views of city life, from its bistros to its monuments. While these have become the staple of many Hollywood films, with a trip to Paris one of the recurring...

Television and the Renewal of Paris: From Official Discourse to Social Criticism

Paris in the Cinema: Beyond the Flâneur : Locations, Characters, History

British Film Institute, 2018

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...La Rénovation urbaine (‘Urban Renewal’) was the title of a French television documentary typical of the late 1960s and early 1970s that was broadcast on 26 April 1971. The expression ‘urban renewal’ encompassed the demolition of slums and,...