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Author: Bill Marshall

This is a full-length monograph about one of France's most important contemporary filmmakers, perhaps best known in the English-speaking world for his award-winning Les Roseaux sauvages/Wild Reeds of 1994. It locates André Téchiné within historical and cultural contexts that include the Algerian War, May 1968 and contemporary globalisation, and the influence of Roland Barthes, Bertolt Brecht, Ingmar Bergman, William Faulkner and the cinematic French New Wave. The originality of his sixteen feature films lies in his subtle exploration of sexuality and national identity as he challenges expectations in his depictions of gay relations, the North African dimensions of contemporary French culture and the centre–periphery relationship between Paris, especially his native southwest and the rest of France. The book also looks at the collaborative nature of Téchiné's filmmaking, including his work with Catherine Deneuve, who has made more films with him than with any other director, and the role of Philippe Sarde's musical scores.

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Bill Marshall

1 Emergence André Téchiné’s sixteen feature films to date include a range of low- and high-budget productions, some involving major stars of the French cinema, some a cast of (at least at the time) unknowns, some highly successful in terms of the box office (1.1 million domestic entries for Ma Saison préférée/My Favourite Season in 1993 remains the highest), some far less so. The biggest critical success was arguably Les Roseaux sauvages/Wild Reeds (1994), which won the César (the equivalent of the Oscar in the French film industry) for best film of its year

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James S. Williams

seaside as well as Paris’s satellite new towns), Varda and François Ozon (the beach as liminal space),27 and André Téchiné who moves consistently between two clearly defined and opposed areas: Paris and the the rural south-west of his childhood (cf. Les Roseaux sauvages/Wild Reeds (1994)). There also exists in France a long documentary tradition of anthropological and ethnographic cinema, developed notably by Jean Rouch in pioneering works such as the cinéma-vérité study, Chronique Williams, Space and being in contemporary French cinema.indd 24 11/01/2013 15

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