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Coline Serreau and politics (1972–96)
Brigitte Rollet

‘realism’ led to opposition between Les Cahiers du Cinéma and Cinéthique, both of Marxist persuasion in 1970. The debate (triggered by Costa Gavras’ political though mainstream films Z and L’Aveu released respectively in 1969 and 1970) centred on the possibility or otherwise of combining popular appeal with political effectiveness. The main contradiction is that for a political film to have an impact, to generate reactions and to change the dominant ideology, it has to be screened and viewed. In other words, to be seen it has to

in Coline Serreau