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Colonial False Memory Syndrome? The Cinémémoire Archive of French Colonial films and Mémoire d'Outremer (Claude Bossion, 1997)

Langford, Rachael Elizabeth 2005. Colonial False Memory Syndrome? The Cinémémoire Archive of French Colonial films and Mémoire d'Outremer (Claude Bossion, 1997). Studies in French Cinema 5 (2) , pp. 99-110. 10.1386/sfci.5.2.99/1

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Abstract

This article focuses on two bodies of film in order to explore some features of the filmic encoding of colonial discourse in the period 1920-60, and its reframing as colonial nostalgia in the 1980s and 1990s. Key features of the amateur films of French colonialism, held in the web-based Cinémémoire archive of amateur film located in Marseille, France, are examined. The discussion then focuses on the figuring of colonial nostalgia in Mémoire d’Outremer (Claude Bossion, France, 1997, colour, 60 min.), which was made by the founder of the Circuit-court archive from films now held in the archive. The concluding remarks link the discussion of Bossion’s little-known film to the colonial nostalgia films that have been produced in France from the 1980s onwards.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Uncontrolled Keywords: Africa; Claude Bossion; Mémoire d’Outremer; amateur film; colonial nostalgia film; colonialism
Publisher: Intellect
ISSN: 1471-5880
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:50
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/3488

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