La Lune dans le caniveau (1983)
in Jean-Jacques Beineix
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More than any of the films of the cinéma du look, La Lune dans le caniveau exemplifies the characteristics Bassan enumerates: a mise en scène which privileges exuberance, light, movement, especially the curves and curls of the camera, and an emphasis on sensation. This chapter explores the language and the way it generates a particular type of nostalgia unanchored in the real, unlike, say, heritage cinema. It locates the film's visual style and its narrative concerns in a genre which reviewers have on the whole not mentioned in relation to La Lune dans le caniveau. The chapter explains why the main interest of the film beyond its re-articulation of melodrama is the way in which Depardieu-as-star is reconfigured in the film, his iconicity questioned: he is de-iconised and re-iconised by the film in a gesture towards an impossible authenticity.

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