Introduction
in Diane Kurys
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Diane Kurys herself has equivocated about the autobiographical dimension of her films, alternately denying their basis in fact and affirming her personal investment in what they represent. Given that Kurys' films interweave fictional elements with material drawn from the author-director's personal life, a synopsis of Kurys' life history is an important intertextual reference for an appreciation of their ambivalent status as autobiographical fictions. The contradictions and compromises of her films raise both the question of Kurys' problematic relationship to feminism and of the extent to which a woman's voice can be expressed and heard within mainstream cinema in France. Clearly, the ways in which films articulate thematic preoccupations linked to women's experiences are important in any consideration of female authorship. The chapter also presents an overview of this book.

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