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Paris has from the nineteenth century onwards been 'long-celebrated and decried as "cosmopolitan"' and perceived as 'the ultimate Cosmopolitan capital'. In terms of the cosmopolitan Parisienne in cinema, in the case studies that follow, this might be expressed as the relationship between character and setting. As la Parisienne, Gaby is associated with fashion, prostitution, consumption, social mobility, cosmopolitanism and danger. Pepe's encounter with Gaby inflames his nostalgia for Paris which, in turn, leads to his downfall. Sabrina tells the story of a chauffeur's daughter living on a Long Island estate who is sent to study cookery in Paris. Finally, central to the identity of the cosmopolitan Parisienne is the notion of transformation, which forms either part of the narrative proper to the films, as in Sabrina, or functions as a narrative subtext, as in Pepe le Moko and Model Shop.

La Parisienne in cinema

Between art and life


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