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Abel Ferrara Contemporary Film Directors Edited by James Naremore The Contemporary Film Directors series provides concise, well-written introductions to directors from around the world and from every level of the film industry. Its chief aims are to broaden our awareness of important artists, to give serious critical attention to their work, and to illustrate the variety and vitality of contemporary cinema. Contributors to the series include an array of internationally respected critics and academics. Each volume contains an incisive critical commentary, an informative interview with the director, and a detailed filmography. A list of books in the series appears at the end of this book. Abel Ferrara Nicole Brenez Translated from the French by Adrian Martin University of Illinois Press Urbana and Chicago © 2007 by Nicole Brenez All rights reserved Manufactured in the United States of America 1 2 3 4 5 c p 5 4 3 2 1 ∞ This book is printed on acid-free paper. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Brenez, Nicole. [Abel Ferrara. English] Abel Ferrara / Nicole Brenez ; translated from the French by Adrian Martin. p. cm. — (Contemporary film directors) Filmography: p. Includes bibliographical references and index. isbn-13: 978-0-252-03154-0 (cloth : alk. paper) isbn-10: 0-252-03154-7 (cloth : alk. paper) isbn-13: 978-0-252-07411-0 (pbk. : alk. paper) isbn-10: 0-252-07411-4 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Ferrara, Abel, 1951—Criticism and interpretation. I. Title. II. Series. pn1998.3.f465b7413   2007 791.4302'33092—dc22 [b]   2006011276 Maybe it comes from being brought up in America and idolizing Patrick Henry and all these guys. It’s about freedom of speech and will. —Abel Ferrara (2002) Give me liberty or give me death. —Patrick Henry (1775) ...


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