• Phil Powrie


This chapter explores the relationship between music and gender in the French heritage film (film de patrimoine). It shows how otherwise strong women protagonists are constrained by three procedures: disparaging references to music; the loss of the character-supporting leitmotif; the absence of music cued in by women protagonists. There is little difference between films directed by men and films directed by women. The films considered in detail are: Artemisia, Camille Claudel, Le Colonel Chabert, Les Enfants du siècle, Le Hussard sur le toit, Lady Chatterley, La Princesse de Montpensier, La Religieuse, Saint-Cyr, Thérèse Desqueyroux.


Heritage film Leitmotif Narrative cueing 


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  • Phil Powrie
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  1. 1.University of SurreyGuildfordUnited Kingdom

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