Reframing remembrance

Contemporary French cinema and the Second World War

By Lisa Harper Campbell

Reframing remembrance


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5407-1
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: November 2021
  • BIC Category: Films, cinema, HISTORY / Europe / France, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, PERFORMING ARTS / Film / Genres / Historical, Film Studies, French, The arts / Film theory & criticism, The arts / Films, cinema


Reframing remembrance examines films about the Nazi Occupation of France, charting how this period has been commemorated and how it has affected the articulation of French national identity. The book proposes that 1995 marked the beginning of a new approach to commemoration, reflected by socio-political acts, such as Jacques Chirac's July 1995 Vél' d'Hiv speech, and artistic acts, most notably films set during the Occupation. This is an approach that embraces critical engagement with history and its retelling. With relevance to countries beyond France and events far removed from the Second World War, Reframing remembrance highlights the need for ongoing, honest remembrance and self-reflection as cultural representations of history continue to shape contemporary views about nations' identities and their global responsibilities.


1 Resistance: Lucie Aubrac, Bon Voyage, Les Femmes de l'ombre and L'Armée du crime
2 Collaboration: Les Misérables, La Rafle and Elle s'appelait Sarah
3 The dichotomy dilemma : Laissez-passer, Effroyables jardins and Monsieur Batignole
4 Legacy: Un héros très discret, Le Promeneur du Champ-de-Mars, Indigènes and Diplomatie
5 New generations : Belle et Sébastien, Un secret and Les Héritiers


Lisa Harper Campbell is an independent researcher specialising in French, screen and drama studies. She is also an actor, director, producer and writer.

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