Transitioning Out of the Great War through Cinema: Self-Reflection and Distancing in L’Atlantide (1921) by Jacques Feyder

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Abstract

This article contributes to the discussions about the ways in which societies phase out (or not) of long periods of war by focusing on Jacques Feyder’s film L’Atlantide (Queen of Atlantis) (1921) through the perspective of the challenges France faced after World War I. I argue that carefully crafted entertainment products such as L’Atlantide contributed to a slow “demobilization” of the mind in France. A distancing/reflecting mechanism at the heart of the film is twofold: it tackles fundamental changes brought about by the war, such as the degree of violence that permeated society, while providing the escapism of a colonial backdrop. This analysis proposes to read L’Atlantide as a text symptomatic of a time when World
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-47
JournalFrench Politics, Culture & Society.
Volume40
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022

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