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A farewell to arms
Blier’s ‘second career'
in Bertrand Blier
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At the time of the release of Un deux trois soleil in 1994, Blier announced in an interview that he had begun his second career. The dramatic and structural features of inversion and subversion established by Blier in his earlier work are crucial to the narrative construction of Merci la vie, Un deux trois soleil, and Mon home. It becomes clear very early in the trilogy that Blier is deliberately reworking character types and dramatic configurations, through a process of 'quotation' of previous characters and key images and scenes. Blier's distinctive cinematic vision of the modern urban experience would appear to have been concluded by the work of the trilogy. At a relatively late stage in his career, Blier apparently left the cinema behind and applied himself to writing for the theatre and his first play, Les Côtelettes.

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