The Films of Claire Denis: Intimacy on the Border

The Films of Claire Denis: Intimacy on the Border

by Marjorie Vecchio

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The films of Claire Denis, one of the most challenging and respected of contemporary filmmakers, probe the psyche of global citizenship, tracing the borderlines of family, desire, nationality and power. With subtlety, depth and at times minimalism and abstraction, her films - including Chocolat, Beau travail and White Material - explore connections between national experience and individual circumstance, visualizing the complications of such dualities.

Following a Foreword by Wim Wenders, with whom Denis worked prior to making her own movies, international contributors explore the themes she addresses in her films, such as kinship and landscape, Neo-Colonialism and New French Extremity. Original interviews with an editor, actor and two composers most familiar with the working style of Denis , and with Denis herself, also reveal fresh facets of this intrepid filmmaker. As Wim Wenders writes in his Foreword: 'This book will hopefully throw many new lights on the amazing director that Klärchen [Claire Denis] became, a path she carved out all on her own.'

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857735997
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Series: International Library of the Moving Image
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 36 MB
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About the Author

Marjorie Vecchio is a curator. In 2009 she was selected as the inaugural Fort Foundation Art Scholar-in-Residence at Columbus State University to work on this book.

Table of Contents

Marjorie Vecchio
- Introduction

Wim Wenders
- Forward: “Klärchen“

1. Interviews

Martine Beugnet
-'To Let The Image Sing': Conversations with Dickon Hinchliffe and Stuart Staples
Kirsten Johnson
- Interview with Nelly Quettier, Paris July 2011
- Interview with Alex Descas, Paris July 2011

Jean-Luc Nancy
- Interview with Claire Denis, European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland Summer 2011 (Trans. Nathalie Le Galloudec)

2. Relations
Catherine Wheatley
- La Famille Denis
Sam Ishii-Gonzales
- Reinventing Community, or Non-Relational Relations in Claire Denis's I Can't Sleep

James S. Williams
- Beyond the Other: Grafting Relations in the films of Claire Denis

3. Global Citizenship
Cornelia Ruhe
- Beyond Post-colonialism? From Chocolat to White Material

Florence Martin
- Trouble Every Day: The Neo-Colonialists bite back.
Rafael Ruiz Pleguezuelos
- Foreignness and Employment: A Study of the Role of Work in the Films of Claire Denis

Jean-Luc Nancy
- The Intruder According to Claire Denis (Trans. Anna Moschovakis)

4. Within film
Noëlle Rouxel-Cubberly
- Delivering: Claire Denis's opening sequences
Laura McMahon
- Rhythms of Relationality: Denis and Dance

Firoza Elavia
- That Interrupting Feeling: Interstitial Disjunctions in Claire Denis's L'Intrus

Henrik Gustafsson
- Points of Flight, Lines of Fracture: Claire Denis's Uncanny Landscape
Adam Nayman and Andrew Tracy
- Arthouse/Grindhouse: Claire Denis and the “New French Extremity”


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