Abstract

ABSTRACT:

This article examines Marcel Carné's film Terrain vague (Wasteland, 1960) as a precursor to post-1980 banlieue (disadvantaged suburbs) genre films due to its representation of the transcultural and postcolonial dimensions of this marginalized space. Carné's critically disparaged film was produced when US cultural imperialism and the Algerian War of Independence (1954–1962) converged in the metropole. In representing this context, the film presages banlieue film themes and media stereotypes that will intensify in post-1980 France; as the banlieue becomes increasingly racialized, it becomes more troublingly associated with the US ghetto and aberrant virility.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2578-4919
Print ISSN
2578-4900
Pages
pp. 111-132
Launched on MUSE
2020-10-30
Open Access
No
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