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French-language Road CinemaBorders, Diasporas, Migration and 'New Europe'$
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Michael Gott

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748698677

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748698677.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
French-language Road Cinema

Michael Gott

Edinburgh University Press

The introduction discusses the political, cultural and cinematic contexts of contemporary European French-language road cinema. It also identifies defines ‘road cinema’ as used in this book and outlines and introduces the book’s three primary aims. The first is to assess the impulse to remap European space through the vantage point of French-language European cinemas. The second is to delineate the parameters of the European French-language road format and identify a number of its narrative, technical and formal particularities. The third objective is to expand the discursive parameters of ‘French’ cinema to encompass a wider realm of inter-related spaces of narrative, film production and reception that I label ‘French-language Europe’.

Keywords:   Cinematic maps (or maps in cinema), European road movies, Travel cinema, Road movies, Belgian cinema, French cinema, Swiss cinema

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