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Leos Carax
Fergus Daly   Garin Dowd  

$26.95 Paperback
Release Date: 10/1/2003
ISBN: 9780719063152    

244 Pages

Canadian rights only
Distributed for Manchester University Press


About the Book

Leos Carax is the first book in any language to study the films of this popular enfant terrible of contemporary French cinema. The key ingredients and influences of Carax’s four films (including Les Amants du Pont Neuf and Pola X) are examined here: Paris, pop music, flânerie and amour fou, mannerist and neo-baroque aesthetics, the Nouvelle Vague and contemporary naturalist cinema.

The authors draw on a variety of intellectual sources, from Deleuze’s philosophy and Cahiers-based film criticism to theories of art and literature, in order to disentangle the complex web of biographical mythology, formal and intellectual cinematic concerns, flamboyant imagery and intertextual references woven by Carax and his films in the last two decades of the twentieth century. Daly and Dowd argue that critical instincts seeking the key to the visionary poetics of Carax’s cinema can be most profitably directed towards the recent history of maverick mannerist and baroque auteurs, from Ruiz and Rivette to Garrel and Téchiné, and their explorations of the ‘powers of the false’, rather than Godard or the cinéma du look fraternity of Besson and Beineix.

Part of the successful French Film Directors series, Leos Carax will be eagerly awaited by all fans and scholars of contemporary French cinema.

About the Author(s)

Fergus Daly is a freelance writer and academic and is the co-director of the documentary film Abbas Kiarostami: The Art of Living.

Garin Dowd is Principal Lecturer in Critical Theory and Film in the London College of Music and Media at Thames Valley University.

Table of Contents

List of plates
Series editors’ foreword
Introduction: Genesis of Carax’s system
1. A pierrot apart; Boy Meets Girl (1984), Mauvais Sang (1986) and the nouvelle vague inheritance
2. Feux d’artifice: Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (1991) and the spectacle of vagrancy
3. Carax’s ambiguities: Pola X (1999), naturalism, Melville


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