What Made a Popular Film in France in the 1950s

  • Pierre Sorlin
Part of the Warwick Studies in the European Humanities book series (WSEH)


The 1950s, or, to be more precise, the decade 1947–57, represent an exceptional era for the French cinema. With an average of 389 000 000 ticket sales a year, and the two peaks marking the 424 000 000 tickets sold in 1947, then the 410 000 000 sold in 1957, the public showed a taste for the cinema which it had not known before. During the previous decade they had only just filled an average of 295 000 000 seats a year, and in the following decade the figure fell to 240 000 000.1


Ticket Price Local Cinema Ticket Sale Popular Film Popular Public 
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© Brian Rigby and Nicholas Hewitt 1991

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