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‘L’impossible Monsier B. B...’
in Bertrand Blier
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Bertrand Blier's career began in 1957 as an assistant stagiaire, as it was still relatively conventional in the French film-making tradition. This chapter highlights that if we were to focus on the notion of thematic and stylistic tendencies that are common to the films, then it is possible to locate his cyclical nature of the narratives in three distinct categories. The first category is that of the often bawdy comedies, which rely on the easy camaraderie and sexual fraternity of duos of male characters, and which document the largely picaresque itinerary of this genre's classically ambivalent heroes. The second group of films are the less explicitly comic films with which, excepting Trop helle pour toi, Blier enjoyed only moderate commercial success. The third category of films is that of Blier's mature career what Blier himself has termed his 'seconde carrier.'.

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