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Spaces in European Cinema

How is space constructed in European Cinema?

What ideological or artistic concerns does space "narrate"?
This is one of the few studies of its kind to explore such questions and the only text to fully address the unique spatial power of the cinema. Coveing films of the 1920s right up to those of the 1990s; racial, social and gendered ’mappings’ of the city and its private and public spaces are considered from a fresh perspective.

The volume includes special contributions from scholars right across Europe who focus on previously neglected areas such as news and municipal cinema as well as the canon of key European films. Offreing a plurality of critical approaches, the text interweaves national cinema with specific genre studies and documents the vision of individual film-makers.

Fully illustrated with a comprehensive filmography and bibliography, this is a significant work for use in the study of Modern Languages or film. Spaces in European cinema is the product of the Research Centre of European Cinema at Middlesex University.

192 pages | 6-3/4 x 9 | © 2000

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Table of Contents

1    Underground Cinema: French Visions of the Metro
         David Berry
2    The City as Narrative: Corporeal Paris in Contemporary French Cinema (1950s-1990s)
         Susan Hayward
3    Subtext: Paris of Alexandre Trauner
         Keith A. Reader
4    Countryscape/Cityscape and Homelessness in Agnès Varda’s Sans toit ni loi and Leos Carax’s Les Amants du Pont-Neuf
         Raynalle Udris
5    Anxious Spaces in German Expressionist Films
         Carol Diethe
6    Turkish Women on German Streets: Closure and Exposure in Transnational Cinema
         Deniz Göktürk
7    The Sky over Berlin as Transcendental Space: Wenders, Döblin and the ’Angel of History’
        Martin Jesinghausen
8    The Rome of Mussolini: An Entrenched Stereotype in Film
         Leonardo Ciacci
9    Antonioni: Space, Place, Sexuality
        David Forgacs
10  Is Pasolini an Urban Film-maker?
        Myrto Konstantarakos
11  Transformations of the Urban Landscape in Spanish Film Noir
         Alberto Mira
12  The Clinic, the Street and the Garden: Municipal Film-making in Britain Between the Wars
         Elizabeth Lebas
13  Centre, Periphery and Marginality in the Films of Alain Tanner
         Lieve Spaas
14  Between the Two: Dimensions of Space in Finnish Cinema
         Jukka Sihvonen
15  East meets West: Mapping the New Europe in Yury Mamin’s A Window to Paris
        Graham Roberts

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