Great Directors: Jean Epstein

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Jean Epstein was one of the key directors in late silent-era French cinema, and was associated with directors such as Louis Delluc, Germaine Dulac, Marcel L’Herbier and Abel Gance in the movement known variously as 'French Impressionism', the 'narrative avant-garde', the 'first cinematic avant-garde', and the 'pre-war French school'. This article seeks to understand Epstein's approach to filmmaking through an examination of his concept of 'photogenie'.


  • film
  • film studies
  • Film and television studies
  • film history
  • jean epstein
  • narrative avant garde
  • silent film
  • french impressionist cinema
  • photogenie


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