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- DescriptionAs perhaps the most studied film movement in cinematic history, the French New Wave has been analysed and criticised, romanticised and mythologised, raising the question of whether it is possible to write anything new about this period. Yet there are still gaps in the scholarship, and the study of music in New Wave films is one of the most striking. Listening to the French New Wave offers the first detailed study of the music and composers of French New Wave cinema, arguing for the need to re-hear and thus reassess this important period in film history. Combining an ethgraphic approach with textual and score-based analysis, the author challenges the idea of the New Wave as revolutionary in all its facets by revealing traditional approaches to music in many canical New Wave films. However, musical invation does have its place in the New Wave, particularly in the films of the marginalised Left Bank group. The author ultimately brings to light those few collaborations that engaged with the ideology of adopting contemporary music practices for a contemporary medium. Drawing on archival material and interviews with New Wave composers, this book re-tells the story of the French New Wave from the perspective of its music.
- Author BiographyOrlene Denice McMahon is an Associate Lecturer in Musicology at Paris-Sorbonne University. She is a musicologist specialising in film and media music with a doctorate from the University of Cambridge.
- Author(s)Orlene Denice McMahon
- PublisherPeter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
- Date of Publication21/03/2014
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Series TitleNew Studies in European Cinema
- Series Part/Volume Number16
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- First Published2014
- ImprintPeter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
- Content Note43, 43
- Weight450 g
- Width150 mm
- Height225 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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