in Bertrand Blier


I wish to express my sincere thanks to the many friends, colleagues and family members who have offered encouragement, support and practical help during the writing of this book. I acknowledge, in particular, a huge debt of gratitude to Jill Forbes, Siân Reynolds, Keith Reader and Elizabeth Ezra, whose erudition and enthusiasm for my work have been utterly invaluable. Pauline Fower, Louise Stirton, Kathy Magarrell, Louise Douglas and Audrey Farley have all offered support well beyond the call of duty, as have the friends in Amiens and Paris who have provided accommodation and a warm welcome during my various research trips to France. I have greatly appreciated the suggestions and advice offered by Diana Holmes and Robert Ingram, who have been patient and supportive editors. I extend my thanks also to Radio France Culture, for providing me with a recording of the broadcast ‘Le bon plaisir de Bertrand Blier’, and to the staff of Stirling University Library, the Bibliothèque de I’Arsenal and the Bibliothèque du Film in Paris. And, like all who teach film studies, I am indebted to my students who have shared their reactions to Blier’s films with me, with good humour and insight.

My final thanks are reserved for my husband Neil Harris, who has lived with Bertrand Blier and his films as long as I have, and who has been a constant source of practical and emotional support. In recognition of this, it is to him and our son Euan that I dedicate this book, with love and thanks.


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