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This is the first full-length monograph in English about one of France's most important contemporary filmmakers, perhaps best known in the English speaking world for his award winning Les Roseaux sauvages/Wild Reeds of 1994. This study locates Andre Techine within historical and cultural contexts that include the Algerian war, May 1968 and contemporary globalisation, and the influence of Roland Barthes, Bertolt Brecht, Ingmar Bergman, William Faulkner and the cinematic French wave. The originality of Techine's sixteen feature films lies in his subtle exploration of sexuality and national identity, as he challenges expectations in his depictions of gay relations, the North African dimensions of contemporary French culture, and the centre-periphery relationship between Paris and his native southwest. The book will be of interest to researchers and postgraduates working on French cinema, undergraduates studying Techine on their film courses, and all those with a general interest in cinema, contemporary France, and lesbian and gay issues. -- .
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Table of Contents

List of Figures Series Editors' Foreword Acknowledgements 1. Emergence 2. New Realisms 3. Families and sexualities 4. Itineraries of Frenchness 5. Collaborations Filmography Select Bibliography Index -- .

About the Author

Bill Marshall is Professor of Modern French Studies at the University of Stirling

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