The Setting-up of a ‘Method of Production’ in the French Cinema 1946–50
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In the winter of 1944–45 – Paris had been liberated for six months, but the war was still going on in the east of the country, and around the German ‘pockets’ on the Atlantic coast – French cinema was a ‘disaster-stricken industry’: cinemas, studios and, above all, laboratories had been the target of bombings, or had had their normal function disrupted in order to serve as barrack accommodation or warehouses. The infrastructures which had survived were now obsolete and worn out: most of them dated back to the early 1930s when, due to the ‘transition to talking films’, both the production side (studios) and distribution (cinemas) had had to be fitted out to accommodate the advent of language, and were now obsolete and worn out.
KeywordsResistance Worker Support Fund Film Industry Importation Quota American Film
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