Introduction
in The films of Luc Besson
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This introduction presents an overview of key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book aims to cover a broad range of issues in Luc Besson's films, and to use analytical tools developed in Film Studies during the same period as Besson's work. It shows how Besson uses strategies of production development and marketing promotion that have for many years been recommended by economic experts as the best way of overcoming the crisis of European cinema. Focusing on the relationship between physical environment and personal psychology, the book demonstrates how claustrophobia in Subway's subterranean setting is hijacked and rerouted as an alternative space. It explores the relationship between the 'French' Besson and the 'American' Besson. The book begins with a key article on the cinéma du look for the Revue du cinéma in 1989 by experimental filmmaker and film critic Raphael Bassan.

The films of Luc Besson

Master of spectacle

Editors: Susan Hayward and Phil Powrie

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