As the first book-length study in English of French film director Claire Denis since the ground breaking monographs of Martine Beugnet (2004) and Judith Mayne (2005), this collection of original essays is most welcome. Between then and now, not only has Denis added to her impressive oeuvre with such significant films deserving of attention as L’Intrus (The Intruder, 2004), 35 rhums (35 Shots of Rum, 2008), and White Material (2009) but a number of important articles have appeared to shed further light on this enigmatic director (see Beugnet 2008; Williams 2009–10; Asibong 2011; and Galt 2014). This new collection begins with a series of interviews with cast and crew members: musicians Dickon Hinchliffe and Stuart Staples, editor Nelly Quettier, actor Alex Descas, and Denis herself. Twelve essays by academics then follow, divided into three sections: “Relations,” “Global Citizenship,” and “Within Film.”...
The Ideology of Formlessness?
Douglas Keesey is a professor of film and literature at California Polytechnic State University. He is the author of books on Catherine Breillat, Brian De Palma, Don DeLillo, Peter Greenaway, and Paul Verhoeven as well as on neo-noir and erotic cinema.
Douglas Keesey; The Ideology of Formlessness?. Cultural Politics 1 November 2015; 11 (3): 426–429. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/17432197-3342283
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