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French Comedy on Screen

A Cinematic History

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Rémi Fournier Lanzoni
    Pages 1-14
  3. Rémi Fournier Lanzoni
    Pages 15-68
  4. Rémi Fournier Lanzoni
    Pages 69-119
  5. Rémi Fournier Lanzoni
    Pages 121-173
  6. Rémi Fournier Lanzoni
    Pages 175-228
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 229-265

About this book


French comedy films occupy a specific cultural space and are influenced by national traditions and shared cultural references, but at the same time they have always been difficult to classify. This book investigates the different methods in which these comedies textually inscribed and exemplified a variety of cultural and historical landmarks.


French cinema French comedies Humor Studies Satire Irony film comedy slapstick French culture cinema France French history history of literature Modern Era sound space time tradition

About the authors

Rémi Fournier Lanzoni is Associate Professor in Romance Languages at Wake Forest University, USA

Bibliographic information


"Lanzoni effortlessly blends very astute aesthetic and formalistic analysis about the 'art' of a film with a vast knowledge of relevant facts about actors, directors, producers, social and political events relevant to a film or a period, spectatorship, and technical issues (sound, dubbing, photography, set design, etc.). He has a very sophisticated grasp on just what constitutes comedy in general and film comedy of the French variety in particular. This is a book that could be used by a number of courses on film comedy and on French cinema - there is nothing like it in print." - Peter Bondanella, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, Film Studies and Italian, Indiana University, USA