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World Film Locations: Marseilles

As France’s oldest city, Marseilles has a significant cinematic culture, dating back to the 1890s when the Lumière brothers shot many films there. Due to its prolific film industry in the 1920s, Marseilles was referred to as “the French Los Angeles.”

World Film Locations: Marseilles examines the representations of this port city in cinema, through essays and film scene reviews devoted to an exploration of its topography as depicted by Jean Epstein, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Melville, Jean Renoir, Jean-Jacques Beineix, and many others. This volume showcases Marseilles’s diversity as articulated onscreen: from the winding streets of the Panier to the Old Port’s noisy markets, from the bustling Canebière to the dockyards of the Grand Port Maritime, from the cliffs of Provençal encircling the city to sun-drenched calanques leading to the dazzling cerulean sea. World Film Locations: Marseilles features maps of film scenes, high-quality screengrabs, and images of movie locations as they appear today, accompanied by original texts penned by leading international film scholars and critics and an interview with Marseillais director Robert Guédiguian. Marseilles has been named a 2013–14 European Capital of Culture and this book is a fitting and timely tribute.

128 pages | 50 color plates | 6 x 9 | © 2013

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Table of Contents

Dedication and Acknowledgements

Marseilles: City of the Imagination
      Steven Ungar
Marcel Pagnol’s Marseilles: Marius, Fanny, César
      Rebecca Prime
Map of Scenes 1–8: 1923–1950
The Old Port and La Canebière
      Jean-Luc Lioult
Map of Scenes 9–16: 1955–1971
‘The Underworld is in His Lands’: Marseilles Gangster Films
      Olivier Bohler
Map of Scenes 17–24: 1974–1995
Literally Speaking: Cinematic Adaptations of Jean-Claude Izzo’s Marseilles Novels
      Georgiana M. M. Colvile
Map of Scenes 25–32: 1997–2002
Melting Pot: Immigrants, Refugees and Stateless Characters
      Henri-Simon Blanc-Hoàng
Map of Scenes 33–39: 2002–2006
Robert Guédiguian and Ariane Ascaride: In Conversation
      Georgiana M. M. Colvile
Map of Scenes 40–46: 2007–2011


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