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Germaine DulacA Cinema of Sensations$
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Tami Williams

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038471

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038471.001.0001

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Popular Front Activism and Vichy

Popular Front Activism and Vichy

(p.195) Chapter 6 Popular Front Activism and Vichy
Germaine Dulac

Tami Williams

University of Illinois Press

This chapter details the evolution of Dulac's socialist humanist politics under the Popular Front, from her activism and syndicalism or labor union work within the context of the vast cultural movement of Mai '36, to a rather controversial shift that led to her complex political position under the Vichy regime. During this era, from 1936 to 1938, Dulac's activism for the cinema and by way of the cinema blossomed. She undertook several Socialist film projects, and played a major role in restructuring the French film industry and in cultivating a propitious environment for the future of the medium. Her role was central on several fronts, from the nationalization of the industry to the creation of a French cinematheque and a film directors' union.

Keywords:   Germaine Dulac, socialist humanism, Popular Front, activism, syndicalism, Mai '36, Vichy regime, French cinematheque, film directors' union

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