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Best known for directing the Impressionist classic The Smiling Madame Beudet and the first Surrealist film The Seashell and the Clergyman, Germaine Dulac, feminist and pioneer of 1920s French avant-garde cinema, made close to thirty fiction films as well as numerous documentaries and newsreels. Through her filmmaking, writing, and cine-club activism, Dulac’s passionate defense of the cinema as a lyrical art and social practice had a major influence on twentieth century film history and theory.

In Germaine Dulac: A Cinema of Sensations, Tami Williams makes unprecedented use of the filmmaker's personal papers, production files, and archival film prints to produce the first full-length historical study and critical biography of Dulac. Williams's analysis explores the artistic and sociopolitical currents that shaped Dulac's approach to cinema while interrogating the ground breaking techniques and strategies she used to critique conservative notions of gender and sexuality. Moving beyond the director’s work of the 1920s, Williams examines Dulac's largely ignored 1930s documentaries and newsreels establishing clear links with the more experimental impressionist and abstract works of her early period.


This vivid portrait will be of interest to general readers, as well as to scholars of cinema and visual culture, performance, French history, women’s studies, queer cinema, in addition to studies of narrative avant-garde, experimental, and documentary film history and theory.


Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. TItle Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Part I
  2. pp. 7-8
  1. 1. "How I Became a Film Director": Dulac's Early Life and Pre-Filmmaking Career
  2. pp. 9-44
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  1. 2. The Great War and Dulac's First Films
  2. pp. 45-74
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  1. Part II
  2. pp. 75-76
  1. 3. Negotiating Art and Industry in the Postwar Context
  2. pp. 77-123
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  1. 4. Dulac's Aesthetic Matures
  2. pp. 124-160
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  1. Part III
  2. pp. 161-162
  1. 5. Fiction, Newsreels, and Social Documentary in the Sound Era
  2. pp. 163-194
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  1. 6. Popular Front Activism and Vichy
  2. pp. 195-208
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 209-212
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. 213-218
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  1. Filmography
  2. pp. 219-230
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 231-276
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 277-294
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 295-314
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  1. About the Author, Series Page, Publisher Notes
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252096365
Related ISBN
9780252038471
MARC Record
OCLC
884547133
Pages
296
Launched on MUSE
2014-08-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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