?The French Cinema Book is an accessible and innovative survey of key topics in French cinema from the 1890s to the twenty-first century. This multi-authored volume proposes new insights into familiar areas and sets out a fresh agenda for the study and appreciation of French cinema: * Who are the men and women who have made French cinema happen? * What is the business culture in which French cinema has evolved? * How has technological change effected artistic and commercial innovation? * What have been the most popular and the most experimental forms? * What has French cinema shown us of France, its society, its citizens, its concerns? * How has the spectator's experience of film-going changed in the last 100 years? * How have debates about film reflected cinema's unique place in French culture? The book combines historical context and background information with detailed discussion of case-studies, analysis of films, recommendations for further reading and online resources. The French Cinema Book is addressed to all lovers of French cinema, students and teachers, specialists and fans.