The Films of Claire Denis: Intimacy on the Border

The movies of Claire Denis, essentially the most hard and revered of up to date filmmakers, probe the psyche of worldwide citizenship, tracing the borderlines of kinfolk, wish, nationality and gear. With subtlety, intensity and from time to time minimalism and abstraction, her motion pictures - together with Chocolat, Beau travail and White fabric - discover connections among nationwide event and person condition, visualizing the problems of such dualities.

Following a Foreword by way of Wim Wenders, with whom Denis labored sooner than making her personal videos, foreign individuals discover the subjects she addresses in her motion pictures, resembling kinship and panorama, Neo-Colonialism and New French Extremity. unique interviews with an editor, actor and composers so much acquainted with the operating variety of Denis , and with Denis herself, additionally display clean features of this intrepid filmmaker. As Wim Wenders writes in his Foreword: ‘This ebook will confidently throw many new lighting at the impressive director that Klärchen [Claire Denis] grew to become, a course she carved out all on her own.’

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Newman in a picture 28 CHRISTINE BECKER that doesn’t require him to take his shirt off; here it is off most of the time. . An actor can’t do much more than feel ticklish under such circumstances, and I think I detected an occasional looking of longing on Mr. Newman’s face, as if he were thinking how nice it would be to be ugly and fat and middle-aged and allowed simply to act” (“The Current Cinema: Men in Trouble,” 7 April 1962, 148). Here again emerges the impression that Hollywood custom was only holding Newman back artistically.

Surprisingly, when the scandal broke, it didn’t hurt the box office for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. This was one of the first signs that, as far as Taylor was concerned, “the line between celebrity and notoriety, which had once been so strictly drawn, was ceasing to count in the public’s view: now everything was becoming ‘good publicity’ ” (Walker, Elizabeth 207). But this state of affairs wasn’t fully apparent at the time, even though Taylor’s next film, Suddenly, Last Summer, was also a box office success and would bring some of her best reviews.

Neither felt that she owed the public an explanation for her life-style, never mind an apology. (Walker, Elizabeth 216) Kitty Kelley suggests that the star was well aware “that MGM was capitalizing on her notoriety by casting her as the call girl in John O’Hara’s novel” (147). For her part, Taylor professed that she could see no similarities between herself and Gloria, and was very vocal at the time about her disdain 38 ALEXANDER DOTY Liz and Eddie Fisher face off in BUtterfield 8, furtherconnecting Taylor’s roles to information and rumors about her “real life” personality and circumstances.

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