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Germaine Dulac: A Cinema of Sensations

Tami Williams


Best known for directing the Impressionist classic The Smiling Madame Beudet and the first Surrealist film The Seashell and the Clergyman, Germaine Dulac—feminist and pioneer of 1920s French avant-garde cinema—made close to thirty fiction films as well as numerous documentaries and newsreels. Through her filmmaking, writing, and cine-club activism, Dulac's passionate defense of the cinema as a lyrical art and social practice had a major influence on twentieth-century film history and theory. This book—making unprecedented use of the filmmaker's personal papers, production files, and archival f ... More

Keywords: Germaine Dulac, filmmaking, cine-club activism, feminist, French cinema, avant-garde cinema, gender, sexuality, documentaries, newsreels

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038471
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038471.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tami Williams, author
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee