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Tim Palmer
University of North Carolina, Wilmington (Wilmington, NC 28403-3201)

A Liberated Cinema: Reconstituting the Postwar French Film State, 1946-1958

This book-length project uses unpublished archival materials to explore the rise of a postwar French film state, a period during which France systematically developed a preeminent moving image culture, suitable for global export. A LIBERATED CINEMA: RECONSTITUTING THE POSTWAR FRENCH FILM STATE, 1946-1958, a revisionist history, primarily investigates a quartet of generative sources: the implementation of top-down governmental initiatives to build a so-called 'quality' (and popular) French cinema; the creation of the Cannes Film Festival as a site to validate these French ideals of progressive film art; the rise of advanced critical-practical training within the Parisian film school circuit; and the concomitant appearance of counter-cultural media discourses in France, such as lesbian cinema, dissident documentaries, and satirical animations. From these contexts grew a fascinating yet until now neglected film ecosystem, whose legacy is still felt today.

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Project fields:
Cultural History; European History; Film History and Criticism

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Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2014 – 8/31/2014