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The Films of Denys Arcand

Jim Leach (author)

ISBN: 9780813598864

Publication Date: Jul 2020

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Denuys Arcand has been making films since the early 1960s. When he started making films, Quebec was rapidly transforming from a relatively homogeneous community into a more fragmented modern society. This book sheds light on how Arcand addressed the impact of these changes from the 1960s to the present.
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Denys Arcand is best known outside Canada for three films that were nominated for Academy Awards for Best Foreign-Language Film: The Decline of the American Empire (1986), Jesus of Montreal (1989), and The Barbarian Invasions (2003), the last of which won the Award. Yet Arcand has been making films since the early 1960s. When he started making films, Quebec was rapidly transforming from a relatively homogeneous community, united by its Catholic faith and French language and culture, into a more fragmented modern society. The Films of Denys Arcand sheds light on how Arcand addressed the impact of these changes from the 1960s, when the long-drawn-out debate on Quebec's possible separation from the rest of Canada began, to the present, in which the traditional cultural heritage has been further fragmented by the increasing presence of diasporic communities. His career and films offer an ideal case study for exploring the contradictions and tensions that have shaped Quebec cinema and culture in a period of increasing globalization and technological change.
Illustrations 3 black & white images, 11 colour images
Pages 196
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jul 2020
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Series Global Film Directors
Subject/s Individual actors & performers   Media studies   Film theory & criticism   Film production: technical & background skills  

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