Stars and Stardom in French Cinema: In-Depth Studies of by Ginette Vincendeau

By Ginette Vincendeau

French cinema has produced a considerable galaxy of stars to accomplish global status of their nationwide motion pictures. this can be an research of the phenomenon of French stardom. It offers in-depth stories of the key well known stars of French cinema: Max Linder, Jean Gabin, Brigitte Bardot, Louis de Funes, Jeanne Moreau, Catherine Deneuve, Alain Delon, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Gerard Depardieu, and Juliette Binoche. It explores the celebrities' photographs and function kinds within the context of the French movie undefined, and on the subject of French tradition and society. It additionally examines the strangely shut courting among French movie stars and nationwide id, in a rustic the place Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve have modelled for Marianne (the effigy of the Republic) and the place Jean Gabin has been obvious as a task version by means of left-wing politicians.

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But there is no doubt that her beauty, combined with a tumultuous affair with Delon, serious illness, the tragic death of her teenage son and her death in 1982 from heart failure (or suicide) contributed in large part to her high ranking. In the last two decades of the twentieth century, other developments have challenged the relevance of box-office figures. In that period film exhibition (and finance) in France, as elsewhere, has diversified into television and video. As a result, the box-office power of stars has become a more complex — and even more difficult to quantify — phenomenon.

7. Jean-Paul Belmondo, in Cine-revue, 23 July 1981, p. 5. 8. Le Film franfais, 4 September 1992. 9. La Cinematographic franpaise, 22-29 December 1934, p. 78. 10. Studio Magazine, November 1992. 11. Premiere, January 1986, p. 60. 12. Ibid. 13. Le Film franfais, 4 September 1992. 14. , pp. 15—20. 15. Ibid. 16. David Shipman, Films and Filming, September 1964, p. 8. 17. Angus Finney, 'Falling stars', Sight and Sound, May 1994, p. 23. 18. Cannes's traditional role in promoting stars was highlighted, a contrario, in May 1999, by the scandal provoked by the award of the top two acting prizes to non-professional actors, the stars of Rosetta and L'Humanite, seen as 'a slap in the face of stars' (Marianne, 31 May—6 June 1999, pp.

In number of magazine images in the 1990s, Deneuve, Binoche, Beart and Carole Bouquet are the most prominent because of their advertising work. A glance at the number of web-sites devoted to the stars in this book also inflects the box-office order and gender balance. In November 1998, Binoche scored 8,744 'hits', as opposed to 6,864 for Depardieu; Deneuve 4,090 compared with 2,163 for Delon, 1,611 for Belmondo and 1,149 for Gabin; Moreau scored 2,583 entries compared with 347 for de Funes and 350 for Linder.

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