Popular European Cinema examines the reasons why films that are most popular with audiences in any one European countha are seldom successful eslewhere. Audiences themselves represent diverse class, gender and ethnic identities that complicate th equestoin of national cinema, not least with recent developments in formerly communist Eastern Europe and post-colonialist Western Europe. THrough their individual studies, the contribuitots ehr oven up a new area of study, using the medium of film to fucus a wider discussion of popular European culture.

chapter |14 pages


ByRichard Dyer, Ginette Vincendeau

chapter 1|16 pages

Family Diversions

French popular cinema and the music-hall
ByDudley Andrew

chapter 2|16 pages

La Ley Del Deseo

A gay seduction
ByJosé Arroyo

chapter 3|11 pages

Immigrant Cinema: National Cinema

The case of beur film
ByChristian Bosséno

chapter 4|14 pages

Images of ‘Provence'

Ethnotypes and stereotypes of the south in French cinema
ByFrançois de la Bretèque

chapter 5|15 pages

Author, Actor, Showman

Reinhold Schünzel and Hallo Caesar!
ByThomas Elsaesser

chapter 6|14 pages

‘We Were Born to Turn a Fairy-Tale into Reality'

Svetlȳĭ put' and the Soviet musical of the 1930s and 1940s
ByMaria Enzensberger

chapter 7|11 pages

Studying Popular Taste

British historical films in the 1930s
BySue Harper

chapter 8|14 pages

Was the Cinema Fairground Entertainment?

The birth and role of popular cinema in the Polish territories up to 1908
ByMalgorzata Hendrykowska

chapter 9|15 pages

The Finn-Between

Uuno Turhapuro, Finland's Greatest Star
ByVeijo Hietala, Ari Honka-Hallila, Hanna Kangasmemi, Martti Lahti, Kimmo Laine, Jukka Sihvonen

chapter 10|8 pages

The Inexportable

The case of French cinema and radio in the 1950s
ByJean-Pierre Jeancolas

chapter 11|14 pages

The Other Face of Death

Barbara Steele and La maschera del demonio
ByCarol Jenks

chapter 12|18 pages

Popular Taste

The peplum
ByMiehèle Lagny

chapter 13|13 pages

National Romanticism and Norwegian Silent Cinema

ByAnne Marit Myrstad

chapter 14|12 pages

The Atlantic Divide

ByV. F. Perkins

chapter 15|14 pages

Early German Cinema

Melodrama: Social drama
ByHeide Schlüpmann

chapter 16|12 pages

‘Film Stars Do Not Shine in the Sky over Poland'

The absence of popular cinema in Poland
ByAnita Skwara

chapter 17|13 pages


Melodrama and gender politics in Swedish cinema
ByTytti Soila

chapter 18|17 pages

A Forkful of Westerns

Industry, audiences and the Italian western
ByChristopher Wagstaff