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Film Studies: National Cinemas

This guide highlights selected resources for various national cinemas.

Introduction to French cinema

France can boast one of the world’s oldest-established film industries, and, with a current annual output of close to 300 feature films, the largest output of feature films in Europe. On 28 December 1895 the French brothers Louis and Auguste Lumière presented a programme of projected films to a paying audience in Paris, and then embarked on an international tour with their Cinématographe. In the following year, Georges Méliès presented his first ‘trick-film’, Une partie de cartes; and soon after this, Léon Gaumont and Charles Pathé laid the foundations of their respective film production enterprises, both of which are still in existence. In 1900 Alice Guy was appointed director of Gaumont and, having already made La fée aux choux/The Cabbage Fairy (1896), can be counted as the first of France’s many female film directors. The industry flourished until the outbreak of World War I—successes of the prewar period include the Film d’Art, a studio and an internationally successful movement devoted to ‘quality’ film; as well as Louis Feuillade’s popular adventure serial Fantômas (1913–14)—but it subsequently struggled under pressure of competition from foreign imports. ...

Kuhn, A., & Westwell, G. (2020). France, film in. In A Dictionary of Film Studies. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 30 Dec. 2021

In the Library's Collection

You can use the subject heading below to find resources in the online catalog. The call number range is also included.

Introductory reading(s)

Selected book titles

Finding journal articles

Articles and other writings about French film can be found in many publications. Our collection includes 1 journal which looks exclusively at French film. You can use Film & Television Literature Index to find articles or use the search box at the top of the page. Below is the title we have in our Library's collection.

Selected movie titles

Find more French film titles in the library's online catalog.