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Intermedial Dialogues

The French New Wave and the Other Arts

Marion Schmid

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The first comprehensive study of the French New Wave’s relationship with the older arts

Casting fresh light on one of the most important movements in film history, Intermedial Dialogues: The French New Wave and the Other Arts is the first comprehensive study of the New Wave’s relationship with the older arts. Traversing the fields of literature, theatre, painting, architecture and photography, and drawing on André Bazin alongside recent theories of intermediality, it investigates the ‘impure’, intermedial aesthetics of New Wave cinema. Filmmakers under discussion include critics-turned-directors François Truffaut, Eric Rohmer, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette and Claude Chabrol, members of the Left Bank Group Alain Resnais, Agnès Varda and Chris Marker, but also lesser-known directors, notably the ‘secret child of the New Wave’, Guy Gilles. This wide-ranging book offers an original reading of the complex, often ambivalent ways in which the New Wave engages the other arts in both its discursive construction and filmic practice.


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Chapter 1: Celluloid and Paper: Rivalries, Synergies, Crossovers

Chapter 2: The World as Spectacle: Cinematic Theatricalities

Chapter 3: Painterly Hybridisations

Chapter 4: Architecture of Apocalypse, City of Lights

Chapter 5: Still/Moving: Photography and Cinematic Ontology




About the Author

Marion Schmid is Professor of French Literature and Film at the University of Edinburgh. She is the author of Chantal Akerman (2010), Proust dans la décadence (2008), Proust at the Movies (2005, co-authored with Martine Beugnet) and Processes of Literary Creation: Flaubert and Proust (1998).


Marion Schmid challenges familiar paradigms and provides a dazzling account of New Wave cinema’s engagement with a broad spectrum of culture—literature, theatre, painting, architecture, and photography. Her insightful re-readings of New Wave films and period criticism, deftly combined with contemporary concepts of intermediality, enable us to view this corpus afresh.

- Professor Rebecca DeRoo, Rochester Institute of Technology

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