France, Algeria and the Moving Image
Screening Histories of Violence 1963–2010

Maria Flood

Research Monographs in French Studies 49

Legenda

26 February 2018  •  162pp

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In the contemporary political sphere, the need to address the complex interactions between colonization, past and present violence, and audio-visual representation has never appeared more urgent. This is particularly true of France's troubled relationship with Algeria where, even after decolonization, episodes of violence — police repression, torture, and terrorism — were often excluded from popular, political and historical accounts on both sides of the Mediterranean. By engaging in close readings of work by both European and Algerian filmmakers — including Michael Haneke, Alain Resnais, Assia Djebar, Xavier Beauvois, and Nadir Moknèche — Maria Flood's wide-ranging study links historical omission to cinematic aesthetics, ultimately offering conclusions that inform wider thinking of the political power of film in the face of violence.

Maria Flood is Lecturer in Film Studies at Keele University.

Reviews:

  • ‘Combining scholarly precision with formal concision, Flood’s volume ranges widely and innovatively across the highlighted representations of Franco-Algerian violence from the colonial period to the present, providing valuable insights into the broader landscape of relations between the two countries, and specifically the violence, both punctual and systemic, that has historically underpinned them. In the process, it justifies her foundational argument, namely the capacity of the imagined spaces of cinema not only to reflect critically on the colonial past and the postcolonial present, but also actively to imagine alternative futures, in France, Algeria, and beyond.’ — Philip Dine, French Studies 73.3, July 2019, 494-95 (full text online)

Contents:

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France, Algeria and the Moving Image: France, Algeria and the Moving Image
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Table of Contents
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ix-x
Acknowledgements
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Introduction
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Chapter 1 Blinding Visions: Caché and the 17 October 1961 Massacre
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35-56
Chapter 2 Stumbling Over Muriel: Screening Torture in Post-War France
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58-80
Chapter 3 Deep Wounds: Personal and Collective Histories in Assia Djebar’s La Nouba Des Femmes Du Mont Chenoua
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81-102
Chapter 4 Algiers As Heterotopia: Mothers and Whores in Viva Laldjérie
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104-132
Chapter 5 of Gods and Terrorists: Des Hommes Et Des Dieux
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133-136
Conclusion
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137-146
Bibliography
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147-148
Filmography
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Index
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Flood, Maria, France, Algeria and the Moving Image: Screening Histories of Violence 1963–2010, Research Monographs in French Studies, 49 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018)

First footnote reference: 35 Maria Flood, France, Algeria and the Moving Image: Screening Histories of Violence 1963–2010, Research Monographs in French Studies, 49 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Flood, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Flood, Maria. 2018. France, Algeria and the Moving Image: Screening Histories of Violence 1963–2010, Research Monographs in French Studies, 49 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Flood 2018: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Flood 2018: 21.

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