New Writings: Paris in the Cinema
In this illustrated event we discuss Alastair Phillips and Ginette Vincendeau’s new BFI anthology.
Total runtime 90min
In their recent BFI anthology on the most frequently filmed city in the world, Paris in the Cinema: Beyond the Flâneur (2018), Alastair Phillips and Ginette Vincendeau explore a range of new approaches to the screen representation of the French capital. This illustrated event will discuss the book’s main themes and explore how cinema has both constructed Paris’s status as an ‘iconic capital’ and deployed the city beyond its function as glamorous background.
Following an extended introduction by the book’s editors that will explore, challenge and extend ideas about Paris as the locus of screen modernity, Roland-François Lack will illustrate the representation of the hotel in the French New Wave, Leila Wimmer will consider the legacy of the famous Parisian cinema, the Mac-Mahon, and Mary Harrod will discuss the French capital as a site of contemporary romantic comedy.