99 Years in Brittany: A Study of Cinematic Landscape


Colleen Kennedy-Karpat


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This video essay presents a study of three films, each set in Brittany, released over a 99-year time frame. It examines their visual framing of landscape, shows how the depiction of landscape shifts with developments in film technology, and considers how landscape shapes narrative.

L’Homme du large (dir. Marcel L’Herbier, 1920)
Le Tempestaire (dir. Jean Epstein, 1947)
Portrait de la jeune fille en feu (dir. Céline Sciamma, 2019)

Original music by Dozi Ozovski, inspired by the work of Yves Baudrier and Léon Vareille

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cinématographiques / Canadian Journal of Film Studies. Vol. 20 no. 1, 2011, pp. 61-78.
Wylie, John. Landscape. Routledge, 2007.