From Text To Screen: Portraits of Collaboration in Uranus
In this article, I explore how collaborators are portrayed in Marcel Aymé's 1948 novel Uranus and Claude Berri's 1990 film adaptation, with particular emphasis on analysing the differences in attitudes towards and punishments for ideological and material collaboration. Whereas Aymé's version presents a bitter criticism of the post-war purges, one in which nearly every character is guilty of some form of collaboration, Berri's version downplays the extent and softens the consequences of collaboration, and thus offers a less pessimistic view of France in 1945. Next, I examine Aymé's 'suspect' reputation as a supporter of notorious collaborationists such as Robert Brasillach, and explore parallels between France's prosecution of writers and the novel's portrayal of the hunt for the collaborationist journalist Maxime Loin. Finally, I address how the novel and film demonstrate changing attitudes towards history.
Merfeld-Langston, A. L. (2010). From Text To Screen: Portraits of Collaboration in Uranus. French Cultural Studies, 21(3), pp. 178-191.
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Keywords and Phrases
Claude Berri; Collaboration; Marcel Aymé; Post-war French fiction; Uranus
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