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This is the first full-length study of the films of Francois Ozon, director of such diverse films as 8 femmes, Swimming Pool, 5x2 and Les amants criminels. Andrew Asibong's passionate and critical analysis focuses on the extent to which Ozon's seemingly light touch never ceases to engage with the fundamentally weighty issue of existential transformation, a transformation that affects both his protagonists and his audiences. A central question emerges: what is at stake, cinematically, ethically and politically, in Ozon's alternatively utopian and cynical flirtation with the construction and deconstruction of contemporary social relations. Revealing Ozon as a highly adept 'fan' of a whole range of thought, literature and cinema, Asibong places the precocious French auteur in an intellectual yet highly accessible critical framework, allowing Ozon's importance for a thoroughly postmodern filmgoing generation to be given the attention it deserves.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780719074233
ISBN-10: 0719074231
Format: Hardback
(198mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Pages: 168
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Andrew Asibong

Andrew Asibong is Reader in Film and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck, University of London

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