JCM312/French Cinema Between the Wars I: Popular Front (Discussion)
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- In the following four instances, sound and image are not in sync. How does sound comment on or shape the image in these scenes? Is it diegetic or non-diegetic? (Online at http://tvcrit.org/EO/DV/Million.php Vimeo password: tcf123abc! )
- Groups 2 & 5: :00:37:55 Michel in a taxi.
- Group 3: :01:12:00 The backstage struggle for the jacket.
- Group 4: :00:56:09 Michel and Béatrice, trapped on stage.
- Group 1: :00:04:16 Interrupted embrace.
The Crime of M. Lange
- Group 4: In 1936, right after the Popular Front scored a victory in the election, there were nationwide strikes. What impact did these strikes have on the film industry? Specifically, what was the "Contrat Collectif"?
- Group 1: Among the significant events of 1936 was the founding of Ciné-Liberté. What were the objectives of this association and what was Renoir's relationship to it?
- Describe the film, La vie est à nous, and its relationship to the Popular Front
- Groups 2 & 5: Strebel writes that the working man (often played by Jean Gabin), aka the "proletarian hero," was often a part of films of this era. How does she characterize him (e.g., in The Crime of M. Lange)?
- Group 3: According to Strebel, "The parallels between the growth of the cinematographic movement [that is, 1930s French "social cinema"] and its corresponding socio-political movement, the Popular Front, are extremely close." How so?
The Crime of M. Lange cast
Actor ... character
- René Lefèvre ... Amédée Lange
- Florelle ... Valentine
- Jules Berry ... Batala
- Marcel Lévesque ... The Concierge
- Odette Talazac ... The Concierge
- Henri Guisol ... Meunier (the son)
- Maurice Baquet ... Charles, The Concierges' Son
- Jacques B. Brunius ... Mr. Baigneur
- Sylvain Itkine ... Batala's cousin
- Strebel, Elizabeth Grottle. "French Social Cinema and the Popular Front." Journal of Contemporary History 12, no. 3 (July 1977), 499-519.