Quebec National Cinema

By (author) Bill Marshall
Categories: Film history, theory or criticism, Films, cinema, Performing arts, The Arts
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Paperback : 9780773521162, 400 pages, October 2000


In the first comprehensive, theoretically informed work in English on Quebec cinema, Marshall views his Subject as neither the assertion of some unproblematic national wholeness nor a random collection of disparate voices that drown out or invalidate the question of nation. Instead, he shows that while the allegory of nation marks Quebec film Production it also leads to a tension between textual and contextual forces, between homogeneity and heterogeneity, and between major and minor modes of being and identity. Drawing on a broad framework of theory and particularly indebted to the work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Quebec National Cinema makes a valuable contribution to debates in film studies on national cinemas and to the burgeoning interest in French studies in the culture and politics of la francophonie.


"Marshall has a very good grasp of Quebec cinema and has thoroughly researched the subject using excellent and up-to-date sources. He brings original and at times critical insights to Quebec cinema, both in his personal observations and his theoretical approach, that open it to new interpretations. This is a serious and impressive work. " Pierre Véronneau, author of Histoire du cinema au Québec "Bill Marshall has a solid understanding of the complexity of Quebec cinema's relationship to the national question. This is certainly the most ambitious, most intricate, and most informative book in English on Quebec national cinema. " André Loiselle, School for Studies in Art and Culture, Carleton University