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Traveling in French Cinema


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Sylvie Blum-Reid
    Pages 1-7
  3. Sylvie Blum-Reid
    Pages 8-26
  4. Sylvie Blum-Reid
    Pages 27-56
  5. Sylvie Blum-Reid
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  6. Sylvie Blum-Reid
    Pages 79-102
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    Pages 103-124
  8. Sylvie Blum-Reid
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  9. Sylvie Blum-Reid
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  10. Sylvie Blum-Reid
    Pages 184-187
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 188-237

About this book


Travel narratives abound in French cinema since the 1980s. This study delineates recurrent travel tropes in films such as departures and returns, the chase, the escape, nomadic wandering, interior voyages, the unlikely travel, rituals, pilgrimages, migrants' narratives and emergencies, women's travel, and healing narratives.


Journey healing narratives migrants refugees nomadism displacement inner voyage slow speed flâneuses dérive Jacques Rozier Jacques Tati Europe the return home cargo port cities Aki Kaurismäki Women travelers Alain Tanner Agnès Varda cinema

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of FloridaUSA

About the authors

Sylvie Blum-Reid teaches French and European Cinema at the University of Florida, USA. She is the author of East-West Encounters: Franco-Asian Cinema and Literature (Wallflower 2003). Her articles have been published in Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Iris, and the Contemporary Journal of French and Francophone Studies.

Bibliographic information


“Blum-Reid provides a succinct bibliography supplemented by an impressive filmography that lists seventy-eight directors. Her welcome resource spans cultural studies, ethnography, film studies, gender studies, philosophy, semiotics, tourism studies, and travel writing.” (Anne Cirella-Urrutia, Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature STTCL, Vol. 42 (2), June, 2018)