La Parisienne in cinema

Between art and life

By Felicity Chaplin

<i>La Parisienne</i> in cinema


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0953-8
  • Pages: 216
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £70.00
  • Published Date: July 2017
  • BIC Category: Film and Media, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General, Popular culture, Films, cinema, Film history, theory & criticism, European history, Cultural studies, France, Urban Communities, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture, HISTORY / Europe / France, The arts / Film theory & criticism, Society & social sciences / Cultural studies, The arts / Films, cinema


Chic, sophisticated, seductive, and enigmatic, the Parisienne possesses a je ne sais quoi which makes her difficult to define. Who or what is the Parisienne and how she is depicted in cinema is the subject of this new and exciting book.

In the first book-length publication to explore la Parisienne in cinema, Chaplin expands on existing scholarship on the Parisienne type in fields such as art history, literature, and fashion history, and builds on scholarship on the films discussed to both enrich and offer new perspectives on these films.
Accessible and wide-ranging, this interdisciplinary and lively work will be of immediate interest to students and researchers working in Film Studies and French Studies and the broader humanities as well as a general interest audience. It is also essential reading for cinephiles and Francophiles alike.


Felicity Chaplin teaches in the French Studies Program at Monash University



Nominated for the 2018 Richard Wall Memorial Award, honoring books on film and broadcasting


Introduction: 'What's she like?'
1 Muse
2 Cosmopolite
3 Icon of fashion
4 Femme fatale
5 Courtesan
6 Star
Conclusion: 'Look, let's start all over again. What's she like?'
Films cited

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