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Fantasy film
in Contemporary French cinema
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French fantasy has had a particular national outlet: the bande dessinée. BD might be said to stand in place of a French fantasy cinema, rather than alongside it. Since around 2000, a new generation of fantasy film-makers has sprung up in France. Their influences include the Italian horror films of Dario Argento but also the pages of French BD. The cinéma du look was a style of film-making which came to the fore in the 1980s and remains influential in French film. As well as being an inventive and futuristic comedy, Delicatessen functions as a fantasy version of the German Occupation of France during the Second World War, a historical subject which French cinema continues to reinterpret. One of the major contributions that Le Pacte des loups makes to French fantasy cinema is to take the markers of national identity and to open them up to global influences.

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