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Representations of Marseille
Joseph McGonagle

successful had any Maghrebi heritage of Nacéri’s role been explicitly affirmed? If the comments of the director Jacques Audiard are to be believed, perhaps not. Discussing his film Un prophète (2009), where Tahar Rahim played the lead role of Malik – a character whose Maghrebi heritage is clearly denoted – Audiard argued that, in contrast to the popular acclaim (the white actor) Vincent Cassel received in France for his portrayal of Mesrine in Jean-François Richet’s Mesrine: l’instinct de mort (2008) and Mesrine: l’ennemi public n°1 Representations of Marseille 215

in Representing ethnicity in contemporary French visual culture