Politiquement (in)correct: OSS 117 dans les forums de discussion d'AlloCin

Author: Jullier, Laurent

Source: Studies in French Cinema, Volume 10, Number 3, August 2010 , pp. 289-301(13)

Publisher: Intellect

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Two parodies have recently been made of the OSS 117 films originally released during the mid-60s, based on Jean Bruce's secret agent novels. Both were very successful in France, but some spectators were uncomfortable with the ethical implications of some of the parodic devices these postmodern films use, especially those related to religion or gender. Traces of the polemic can be found in the archives of the French web site AlloCin, where the main concern appears to have been the use made by the new OSS movies of a third degree of communication , which differs from the usual second degree of parodies in that it seems very close to the nave first degree. Discussion revolves around the extent to which these two supposedly ironic films might be critical of the ideological subtext of the 1960s films. The purpose of this article is not to establish a true reading of the two films, but to explore how such discussions demonstrate the culturally constructed nature of film meaning.

Keywords: film reading; ideology; irony; parody; postmodernity; web users

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/sfc.10.3.289_1

Affiliations: Institut de Recherches sur le Cinma et l'Audiovisuel, Universit Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3/Institut Europen de Cinma et d'Audiovisuel, Universit de Nancy II.

Publication date: August 1, 2010

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