Abstract

Abstract:

The goal of this essay is to set the stage for a longer conversation about what it means “to race” French cinema, that is, to attend to the hermeneutics of race in cinematic production from France. Through against-the-grain readings of Intouchables and Entre les murs, this article explores the deep ambivalences about race that are coded in these films’ representational strategies. Attention to details, star-texts, and paratexts allows us to understand these movies as staging the complicated, on-going negotiations between the realities of contemporary France and the nation’s attachment to “a certain idea” of itself, that is, between republican realities and republican values.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1931-0234
Print ISSN
0014-0767
Pages
pp. 12-24
Launched on MUSE
2019-06-28
Open Access
No
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