The Patriarchal Figure in the 1950s French Gangster Film: Legendary Men from a Recent Past

Abstract : A range of French gangster films appeared in the 1950s, initiated by Hands Off the Loot (Jacques Becker, 1954), and followed notably by Rififi (directed in 1955 by the American filmmaker Jules Dassin, during his exile in France) and Bob the Gambler (Jean‐Pierre Melville, 1956). Built around a present/past dichotomy, these films have the crucial specificity of making their protagonists grapple with three distinctive temporal layers: prewar France (of which they are presented as the last representatives), the German occupa-tion (from which they carry the scars in several respects), and the contemporary modernity (with which they are inevitably confronted). This chapter will focus on the connections between the 1930s and the 1950s and discuss what it reveals about the evolution of the genre and its sociohistorical significations.
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Thomas Pillard. The Patriarchal Figure in the 1950s French Gangster Film: Legendary Men from a Recent Past. George S. Larke-Walsh (dir.), A Companion to the Gangster Film, Wiley-Blackwell, 2019, 978-1-119-04174-0. ⟨https://www.wiley.com/en-us/A+Companion+to+the+Gangster+Film-p-9781119041740⟩. ⟨hal-02068436⟩

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