Charles Drazin: The Faber Book of French Cinema

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September 2011, no. 334

Charles Drazin: The Faber Book of French Cinema

Reviewed by
September 2011, no. 334

When man created film

Sally Burton

 

The Faber Book of French Cinema
by Charles Drazin
Faber, $45 pb, 663 pp, 9780571218493

 

Charles Drazin tells us that his interest in French cinema began as a student at Oxford in the early 1980s, when he attended screenings at the Maison Française, an institution established after World War II to encourage cultural exchange between Britain and France. Some of the films were obscure, some better known; the audience comprised devotees and newcomers who never quite knew what they were going to see. The free admission, the 16 mm projector, the portable screen fixed to a tripod, even the scraping of chairs on wooden floors contributed to the sense of occasion for the young cinéastes.

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