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Memory and the Moving ImageFrench Film in the Digital Era$
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Isabelle McNeill

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638918

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638918.001.0001

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Introduction: Film and Memory in Contemporary France

Introduction: Film and Memory in Contemporary France

(p.1) Introduction: Film and Memory in Contemporary France
Memory and the Moving Image

Isabelle Mcneill

Edinburgh University Press

This book investigates an intertwining of the memory of history and the moving image. It also explores the ways in which cultural objects and the human experience of the past in the present are linked, through the workings of memory in and between people. The focus is on the period that follows the officially designated centenary of cinema in France. The complexities of cinema's relationship to collective remembering are noted. As subject becomes object, film is shown as a point of intersection for subjectivity and objectivity, public and private, allowing the filmmaker's memories to meet those of the viewers in the sphere of cultural memory. Memory takes shape between filmmaker, film and viewer. As protagonists move through the city on film, their trajectories taking them through explorations of the past as well as of urban space is a continual process of construction and demolition.

Keywords:   cultural memory, history, cinema, France, film, filmmaker, object, subject

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