Screenwriters in French cinema

By Sarah Leahy and Isabelle Vanderschelden

Screenwriters in French cinema


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8842-1
  • Pages: 384
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: March 2021
  • BIC Category: Films, cinema, HISTORY / Europe / France, Film Studies, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Screenwriting, The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers, France, The arts / Film, TV & radio


Screenwriters have been central figures in French cinema since the conversion to sound, from early French-language talkies for the domestic market to lavish literary adaptations of the notorious 'quality tradition' of the 1950s, and from the 'aesthetic revolution' of the New Wave to the contemporary popular and auteur film in the 2000s. The first English language study to address screenwriters in French cinema, this volume will be of particular interest to scholars and students of French film and screenwriting. Taking a diachronic approach, it includes case studies drawn from the early sound period to the present day in order to offer an alternative historiography of French cinema, shed light on these overlooked figures and revisit the vexed question of film authorship.


1 Charles Spaak: mauvais esprit and dramaturge
2 Jacques Prévert: from reluctant author to screenwriter as myth
3 Henri Jeanson: spectacular dialogue
4 Jean Aurenche and Pierre Bost: men of literature? Writing the 'tradition of quality'
5 The screenwriter sacrificed? The 'screenplays' of three New Wave auteurs
6 The cinéma du samedi soir: Michel Audiard's screenplays and cult dialogue
7 Screenwriting trends in popular comedy
8 Dialogue writing in multicultural France since 2000: exploring the words of young people
9 Réalisa(c)trices screenwriting the self: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Maïwenn


Sarah Leahy is Senior Lecturer in French and Film at Newcastle University
Isabelle Vanderschelden is Senior Lecturer in French Studies and French Section Leader at Manchester Metropolitan University

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