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Music in Contemporary French Cinema

The Crystal-Song

Authors: Powrie, Phil

  • Features new concept of the 'crystal song'
  • First book-length study on music in contemporary French cinema
  • Investigates music as a marker of community and interrelationships between music and gender, songs sung in English and French
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This book explores composed scores and pre-existing music in French cinema from 1985 to 2015 so as to identify critical musical moments. It shows how heritage films construct space through music, generating what Powrie calls “third space music,” while also working to contain the strong women characters found in French heritage films through the use of leitmotifs and musical cues. He analyses fiction films in which the protagonists perform at the piano, showing how musical performance supports the performance of gender. Building on aspects of musical performance, and in particular the use of songs performed in films, Powrie uses a database of 300 films since 2010 to theorize the intervention of music at critical moments as a “crystal-song”. Applying Roland Barthes’s concept of the “punctum” and Gille Deleuze’s concept of the “crystal-image,” Powrie establishes the importance of the crystal-song, which reconfigures time as a crystallization of past, present and future.

About the authors

Phil Powrie is Professor of Cinema Studies at the University of Surrey, UK, Chair of the British Association of Film Television and Screen Studies. He has published widely on French cinema and is the Chief General Editor of the journal Studies in French Cinema.

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eBook $79.99
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Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-52361-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Music in Contemporary French Cinema
Book Subtitle
The Crystal-Song
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52362-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52362-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-52361-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 273
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations, 23 illustrations in colour
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