Thinking Cinema with Proust

Patrick ffrench

Moving Image 7

Legenda

22 August 2018  •  218pp

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How can Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu prompt us to re-imagine the cinema? Although no-one goes to the cinema in the novel, and its narrator is critical of a ‘merely’ cinematographic account of reality, the proposition of Thinking Cinema with Proust is that the Recherche can provide a powerful catalyst for re-thinking the cinema, and that the 'structural absence' of cinema from Proust's novel is rich in implications. Drawing on a complex terrain of intersections and overlaps between the experience of the spectator and that of Proust’s narrator and reader, the book is focused around a series of motifs – reverie, the camera obscura, the magic lantern, projection, gesture and ‘screen memory' – which enable a fluid movement back and forth between Proust and film theory.

Patrick ffrench is Professor of French at King’s College London.

Reviews:

  • ‘ffrench masterfully argues that Proust’s novel undoes our confidence in the objectivity of memory and of history... This brief account cannot do justice to the intricacies of ffrench’s book, which will serve as a valuable resource to scholars of the novel and of the cinema.’ — Patrick M. Bray, French Studies 73.4, October 2019, 663-64 (full text online)
  • ‘Thinking cinema ‘with and through Proust’, this brilliant book unravels manifold new connections, resonances, and echoes across diverse fields of knowledge, demonstrating amply that the chapter of Proust’s relation to cinema is far from being closed.’ — Marion Schmid, Modern Language Review 115.4, October 2020, 922-23 (full text online)

Contents:

i-vi
Thinking Cinema with Proust: Thinking Cinema with Proust
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vii-viii
Table of Contents
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ix-ix
Acknowledgements
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x-x
Abbreviations
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Introduction
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8-49
Chapter 1 Reverie in A Dark Room
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50-65
Chapter 2 Camera Obscura
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66-101
Chapter 3 Proust’s Projections
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102-118
Chapter 4 the Cinema of Montjouvain
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119-156
Chapter 5 Theory of Gesture
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157-188
Chapter 6 Screen Memories/screen Histories
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189-192
Conclusion
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193-201
Bibliography
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202-208
Index
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Bibliography entry:

ffrench, Patrick, Thinking Cinema with Proust, Moving Image, 7 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018)

First footnote reference: 35 Patrick ffrench, Thinking Cinema with Proust, Moving Image, 7 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 ffrench, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

ffrench, Patrick. 2018. Thinking Cinema with Proust, Moving Image, 7 (Cambridge: Legenda)

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

Example footnote reference: 35 ffrench 2018: 21.

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