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Screening the Paris suburbs: From the silent era to the 1990s

Derek Schilling and Philippe Met


Long before the emergence in the 1990s of a ‘cinéma de banlieue’ on the heels of Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine (1995), French filmmakers looked beyond the gates of the French capital for inspiration and content. In the Paris suburbs, they found a vast reservoir of architectural forms, landscapes and contemporary social types in which to anchor their fictions. From the villas and vacant lots of silent serials of the 1910s and the bucolic riverside guinguettes of 1930s poetic realism, to the housing estates and motorways of the second post-war, the suburban landscape came to form a privileged sit ... More

Keywords: suburbs and suburbanisation, modernisation, film genres, French filmmaking, social class, architecture, new towns, housing projects

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781526106858
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526106858.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derek Schilling, editor
Professor of French at Johns Hopkins University

Philippe Met, editor
Professor of French and Cinema Studies at the University of Pennsylvania

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