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This chapter presents some closing thoughts of the concepts discussed in the book. By focusing on the issue of auteurism in the introduction to this book, other parallels and intersections between the films of Assayas, Audiard, the Dardenne brothers, Haneke and Ozon have been left unmentioned. One is that the long-standing binary opposition between 'European' (for which read 'art-house') and genre cinema is thoroughly deconstructed in the work of these directors, who have proved themselves able to master generic conventions and manipulate them to their own ends, while still respecting the power of genre as a means of communicating with the audience. The most striking common ground occupied by some of this group of directors is the attention to ethical and political concerns that so profoundly marks the cinema of the Dardenne brothers and Haneke, and is arguably present in the complex patternings of desire in Ozon's films.

Five directors

Auteurism from Assayas to Ozon

Editor: Kate Ince


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