Denys Arcands Le Declin de LEmpire Americain and Les Invasions Barbares André Loiselle

ISBN: 9780802099334

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Denys Arcands Le Declin de LEmpire Americain and Les Invasions Barbares  by  André Loiselle

Denys Arcands Le Declin de LEmpire Americain and Les Invasions Barbares by André Loiselle
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The release of Denys Arcands Le D?clin de lempire am?ricain (The Decline of the American Empire) in 1986 marked a major turning point in Quebec cinema. It was the first Qu?b?cois film that enjoyed huge critical and commercial success at home andMoreThe release of Denys Arcands Le D?clin de lempire am?ricain (The Decline of the American Empire) in 1986 marked a major turning point in Quebec cinema. It was the first Qu?b?cois film that enjoyed huge critical and commercial success at home and abroad.

Arcands tragicomedy about eight intellectuals gathered around a dinner table relating sexy anecdotes became the top-grossing film of all time in Quebec and was the first Canadian feature to be nominated for an Oscar in the foreign-language category. Seventeen years later, Arcand won an Academy Award for the sequel, Les Invasions barbares (The Barbarian Invasions), where the amusing insouciance of the thirty-somethings talking dirty in Le D?clin is replaced by a sense of moral responsibility and serene resignation.In this engrossing study, Andr?

Loiselle presents the first in-depth analysis of both films within the context of Quebec culture. Through close readings and concise cultural analysis of two of the most important films in the history of Quebec cinema, Loiselle demonstrates the ways in which Arcands work represents a snapshot of the evolution of the French Canadian film industry since 1980. The companion films trace the decline of Quebecs national dream and the Qu?b?cois attempts to cling to their identity against the forces of barbaric globalization.The second title in the new Canadian Cinema series, Denys Arcands Le D?clin de lempire am?ricain and Les Invasions barbares is essential reading for cinephiles, film critics, and anyone with an interest in cultural studies and Canadian and Quebec history.



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