By Judith Mayne

Commonly considered as probably the most leading edge and passionate filmmakers operating in France this day, Claire Denis has persevered to make appealing and hard motion pictures because the 1988 free up of her first characteristic, "Chocolat". Judith Mayne's finished research of those movies lines Denis' occupation and discusses her significant function movies in wealthy element. Born in Paris yet having grown up in Africa, Denis explores in her movies the legacies of French colonialism and the advanced relationships among sexuality, gender, and race. From the grownup girl who observes her prior as a baby in Cameroon to the Lithuanian immigrant who arrives in Paris and watches a serial killer to the disgraced French overseas Legionnaire trying to make experience of his earlier, the themes of Denis' motion pictures always revisit subject matters of gazing, bearing witness, and making touch, in addition to displacement, masculinity, and the migratory subject.Judith Mayne, Professor of French and Women's reviews on the Ohio kingdom collage, is the writer of six books: "Framed: Lesbians, Feminists, and Media Culture"; "Directed via Dorothy Arzner"; "Cinema and Spectatorship"; "The girl on the Keyhole: Feminism and Women's Cinema"; "Kino and the girl query: Feminism and Soviet Silent Film"; and "Private Novels, Public Films".

This is a quantity within the "Contemporary movie Directors" sequence, edited by way of James Naremore.

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Agnès Godard has been the cinematographer or assistant camera on nearly all of Denis’s films (and they worked together when Denis was the assistant director on Paris, Texas and Wings of Desire as well). S. Go Home (again, I am considering this one-hour film, coauthored by Denis and Anne Wiazemsky, as a feature) and Vendredi soir (Denis cowrote the film with Emmanuèle Bernheim, who wrote the novel upon which the film is based). Editor Nelly Quettier has worked on the last four of Denis’s feature films.

I knew immediately he was not really a stranger to me, he was like a sort of companion or, not a brother I would say, but he would help me to understand more” (Hart 2003: 5). One could find the very notion of a black actor functioning as a “muse” perturbing, but Claire Denis problematizes and makes visible her own fascinations and desires, while refusing to bow to any simplistic notions of what might or might not be considered acceptable. Sometimes her films take on, very deliberately, the difficult intersections of race and gender, as in No Fear, No Die and J’ai pas sommeil.

Indd 36 Claire Denis 2/1/05 2:18:27 PM was completed I was asked to write a piece on it for the press booklet. Unsure of what to write, I found an introduction to an anthology of Black literature and poetry by Jean-Paul Sartre which suggested that for three thousand years the official view of the world had been a white view and he now welcomed an alternative—the view from those who had been watched, what they saw when they looked at us, the white Europeans. ” (Denis in Petrie 1992: 66–67) Denis made this statement at a filmmakers’ panel following a discussion of her film in the context of contemporary European cinema.

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