Gazing on Pas-de-Calais: the romance and nostalgia of "the tourist’s gaze" in 'Pas son genre' (Lucas Belvaux, 2014)

Steele, J (2021) 'Gazing on Pas-de-Calais: the romance and nostalgia of "the tourist’s gaze" in 'Pas son genre' (Lucas Belvaux, 2014).' InMedia: The French Journal of Media Studies. ISSN 2259-4728 (Forthcoming)

Abstract

This article argues that the re-presentation of space and place for global and local audiences constructs a touristic cultural imaginary. It highlights how – through the feature film 'Pas son genre/ Not my type' (Lucas Belvaux, 2014) – the audience’s gaze is centred on three cinematic spaces: the historical architecture of city centres and their local and cultural traditions and the ‘icons’ of global tourism, such as beaches. The article highlights how screen tourism is articulated through the movements of the characters, who organise the inter-relationships between cities, towns, and events. The primary outcome of this article demonstrates that it is precisely this romantic relationship between the characters and how they experience the region of Pas-de-Calais, i.e. one as local, and one as a visitor from Paris, that organises the snippets of the region and how they are experienced and interpreted by the spectator. The ‘counterpoints’ of Paris and Arras (and the region of Pas-de-Calais) offer layers of textual meaning that show the act of falling in love as aligned with the beach and the experience of the city, and a nostalgic yearning for tradition and customs present in small town contexts. The recognisable codes and icons of the Pas-de-Calais region are viewed by spectators through the lens of the characters and their immediate experiences that nuance the cinematic spaces.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: screen tourism, icons, French cinema, cities, beaches, carnivals, leisure, holidaying
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
Divisions: School of Creative Industries
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2021 16:13
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2021 16:13
Request a change to this item or report an issue Request a change to this item or report an issue
Update item (repository staff only) Update item (repository staff only)