Zants, Emily

Chaos Theory, Complexity, Cinema and the Evolution of the French Novel
1996 0-7734-8789-1
This study takes a new view of the history of the French novel, that the evolution of the novel has been toward cinema, based on chaos and complexity theories. In its attempt to break away from the frozen forms of hierarchical thought inherent in the Monarchy and the Bourgeoisie, to engender a new order of thought, novels developed techniques and structures such as fragmentation, doublings, flashbacks, or metaphorical representations that are cinematic because they engender a sense of spatial and temporal simultaneity, whereas the traditional novel is condemned to the linearity of words. This evolution is significant because the new techniques suspend the readers' habitual frame of reference and engage them in a consideration of new relationships. The chapter treating each author begins with the main known reason for the adaptation, then an overview of the novel itself. Thereafter, the techniques of cinema that effectively convey the same message are explored and compared to the literary techniques, followed by a consideration of the failures and the cinematic potential of the literary model. Works include: Diderot's The Nun ; Laclos' Dangerous Liaisons ; Stendhal's The Red and the Black ; Zola's Nana ; Proust's Swann in Love ; Bernanos' Mouchette ; Duras' The Lover. Available at a special price for text use.

Creative Encounters with French Films
1993 0-7734-1937-3
This text is intended as a reference for the study of over 21 exceptional French films by 13 different directors. Each chapter treats an individual director and the characteristics of his or her films, followed by background information for a specific film and analysis of the techniques used in it. Questions and exercises using the techniques of the film conclude each section. An introductory chapter discusses the participatory viewing necessary for enjoyment of most French films, general characteristics, and a brief history of French film. Analysis is provided for a least one major film by Buñuel, Carné, Cocteau, Godard, Lelouch, Malle, Ophüls, Renoir, Resnais, Tati, Tavernier, Truffaut, and Varda.