The Films of Luc Besson : Master of Spectacle


The Films of Luc Besson : Master of Spectacle

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 197 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780719070280
  • DDC分類 791

Full Description

This fascinating collection looks at the career and films of Luc Besson, one of the most acclaimed figures in international cinema. Contributions have been assembled from all over the world, and their different approaches reflect this geographical diversity. Films covered range from Besson's first feature, La Dernier Combat, to the international blockbusters The Fifth Element and Joan of Arc. The essays range from looking at costume design to musical scores, and the final chapter offers a transcript of a previously unpublished interview with the man himself.He is the only French director to have crossed over successfully during the 1990s into the blockbuster spectacular we associate with Hollywood cinema and yet this is only the second book in English on this major international director. The films of Luc Besson will make fascinating reading for anyone interested in the career and films of the 'master of spectacle'. -- .

Table of Contents

        List of tables and figures                 vii
List of contributors viii
Preface x
Introduction 1 (10)
Susan Hayward
Phil Powrie
Three French neo-baroque directors: 11 (12)
Beineix, Besson, Carax from Diva to Le
Grand Bleu
Raphael Bassan
Du cote d'Europa, via Asia: the 23 (20)
`post-Hollywood' Besson
Rosanna Maule
Musical narration in the films of Luc Besson 43 (14)
Gerard Dastugue
Hearing Besson: the music of Eric Serra in 57 (18)
the films of Luc Besson
Mark Brownrigg
Of suits and men in the films of Luc Besson 75 (16)
Phil Powrie
From rags to riches: Le Dernier combat and 91 (18)
Le Cinquieme element
Susan Hayward
The sinking of the self: Freudian hydraulic 109 (12)
patterns in Le Grand bleu
Laurent Jullier
Imprisoned freedoms: space and identity in 121 (14)
Subway and Nikita
Mark Orme
Nikita: consumer culture's killer instinct 135 (12)
and the imperial imperative
Hilary Ann Radner
Leon and the cloacal labyrinth 147 (14)
Phil Powrie
Jeanne d'Arc: high epic style and 161 (14)
politicising camp
Susan Hayward
An unpublished interview with Luc Besson 175 (4)
Gerard Dastugue
Filmography 179 (10)
Select bibliography 189 (4)
Index of proper names and film titles 193