Carax and the ambiguities - a book that needs to fail, perhaps: on Daly and Dowd's Leos Carax

Hainge, Greg (2005) Carax and the ambiguities - a book that needs to fail, perhaps: on Daly and Dowd's Leos Carax. Film-Philosophy, 9 4: .

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Author Hainge, Greg
Title Carax and the ambiguities - a book that needs to fail, perhaps: on Daly and Dowd's Leos Carax
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Carax and the ambiguities — a book that needs to fail, perhaps: on Daly and Dowd's Leos Carax
Journal name Film-Philosophy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1466-4615
Publication date 2005-07
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
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Volume 9
Issue 4
Total pages 6
Place of publication Liverpool, United Kingdom
Publisher Open Humanities Press
Language eng
Subject 190201 Cinema Studies
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Fergus Daly and Garin Dowd's Leos Carax is published in Manchester University Press's French Film Directors series, a series which has in the past dedicated volumes to filmmakers such as Beineix, Besson, Blier, Chabrol, Renoir, and Truffaut. Whilst it cannot be doubted that Carax deserves attention as one of France's most idiosyncratic directors who has consistently produced films that reveal a very personal vision influenced by equally personal viewing and reading tastes, one has to wonder if the four feature-length films that constitute Carax's main body of work to date provide enough substance for a book-length study of this kind. In reading this volume, one is tempted to think that perhaps they do not, for, especially in the first chapter dealing with Boy Meets Girl (1984), Mauvais Sang (1986), and Carax's *nouvelle vague* inheritance, we find many long historical and theoretical digressions that most often remain somewhat disembodied from the supposed main focus of the book -- such passages appearing, then, to act as filler which bulks out the somewhat meagre primary matter...
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Additional Notes Subtitle: "Fergus Daly and Garin Dowd _Leos Carax_ Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2003 ISBN 0-7190-6315-9 188 pp."

Part of French Film-Philosopher's Special Issue on Bresson, Resnais, Carax.

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