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Brutal Intimacy
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Brutal Intimacy is the first book to explore the fascinating films of contemporary France, ranging from mainstream genre spectaculars to arthouse experiments, and from wildly popular hits to films that deliberately alienate the viewer. Twenty-first-century France is a major source of international cinema—diverse and dynamic, embattled yet prosperous—a national cinema offering something for everyone. Tim Palmer investigates France’s growing population of women filmmakers, its buoyant vanguard of first-time filmmakers, the rise of the controversial cinema du corps, and France’s cinema icons: auteurs like Olivier Assayas, Claire Denis, Bruno Dumont, Gaspar Noé, and stars such as Vincent Cassel and Jean Dujardin. Analyzing dozens of breakthrough films, Brutal Intimacy situates infamous titles alongside many yet to be studied in the English language. Drawing on interviews and the testimony of leading film artists, Brutal Intimacy promises to be an influential treatment of French cinema today, its evolving rivalry with Hollywood, and its ambitious pursuits of audiences in Europe, North America, and around the world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: The Contemporary French Film Ecosystem
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Chapter One: 5 x 1 Young Cinema and First-Timers
  2. pp. 15-56
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  1. Chapter Two: The Cin
  2. pp. 57-94
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  1. Chapter Three: Popular Cinema, Pop-Art Cinema
  2. pp. 95-150
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  1. Chapter Four: Feminine Cinema
  2. pp. 151-194
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  1. Conclusion: Instructive Cinephilia: Film Literacy and la F
  2. pp. 195-216
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  1. Appendix: “The 156 Films That You Must Have Seen”: The List
  2. pp. 217-222
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 223-244
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  1. Select Filmography
  2. pp. 245-258
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  1. Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 259-264
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 265-290
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